Updated : Saturday March 21 , 2009 3:04:22 PM

MUZAFFARABAD: Indian forces resorted to unprovoked firing on Pakistani positions in the Pando sector at the Line of Control of disputed Kashmir region but there were no casualties in the rare clash between the rivals, reported ARY OneWorld on Saturday.

"The firing started from the Indian side at around 10 p.m. (1700 GMT on Friday) and intermittent firing continued for several hours," a Pakistani military official told a british news agnecy.

A "strong protest" had been lodged with India, the military said. There was no immediate Indian response.

The two countries, which have fought three wars since 1947 and nearly went to war a fourth time in 2002, agreed to a ceasefire in Kashmir in 2003, paving the way to peace talks and better relations beginning in 2004.

Exchanges of fire across a line separating the two sides in Kashmir have been rare since then.

Earlier, the Indian army had accused Pakistani troops of firing at Indian positions across the Line of Control in Kashmir injuring an Indian soldier.