Pak troops violate ceasefire

Firing on Indian post in Doda battalion area

Pak troops  violate ceasefire

Pakistani troops on Saturday violated ceasefire along the Line of Control (LoC) in the border district of Poonch in Jammu and Kashmir.

Jammu-based PRO, Defence, Col S N Acharya said the Pakistani troops opened fire with rocket projectile grenades (RPGs), mortars, small arms and MMG on an Indian post in the Doda battalion area of the Poonch sector without any provocation from the Indian side at 7:30 am. 

“Our troops exercised utmost restraint and calibrated response was given to Pak firing. There was no casualty whatsoever to our troops.

Intermittent firing was going on till the last report came in,” he added.

Quoting Pakistan’s chief military spokesperson Maj Gen Asim Saleem Bajwa, PTI reported that one Pakistani soldier was killed and another injured in the firing by the Indian forces.  Bajwa claimed that the firing by the Indian troops was “unprovoked” and targeted the Pakistani posts in the Rawlakot area along the LoC. “Our soldier Asim Iqbal was killed and his colleague Muhammad Khan was injured in the unprovoked firing,” he said.

Sources told Deccan Herald that the Pakistani troops were giving covering fire to a group of militants who were trying to infiltrate into the Indian side. “However, the infiltrators couldn’t sneak in due to the timely response from the Indian Army.

Top Army officials are monitoring the situation and troops in other forward areas have been asked to intensify round the clock vigilance,” they added. An eyewitness told Deccan Herald over phone that the firing triggered panic among the people in the area, especially in the Shahpur Kerni forward belt in Poonch, where it stretched for five hours.

This was the fifth ceasefire violation by the Pakistani troops this month. On July 3, Pakistan violated ceasefire when it fired on policemen who had gone to Sabzian, Poonch, to collect the body of a Pakistani intruder killed in an IED blast on July 1. Again, on July 8, the Pakistani troops fired on Indian soldiers who were trying to evacuate injured porters after two of them were killed in IED attacks by Pakistani militants along the LoC.

On July 12, Pakistani Rangers fired on Indian forward posts in the Pindi belt along the international border (IB) in Jammu. Again on July 22, the Pakistani troops opened fire on the Indian posts with small arms in the forward areas along the LoC in Poonch.

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