September 2001 News

Pak intensifies shelling in J&K

20 September 2001
The Asian Age

Jammu: Pakistani troops have intensified shelling and targeting civilian areas in Drass and Kargil sectors of Jammu and Kashmir, a defence spokesman said here on Thursday. “Pakistani troops have been continuously shelling areas across the Line of Control within Drass sector and in Kargil district since the visit of Pakistani President Gen. Pervez Musharraf to India. However, the intensity has increased after two bids were made to infiltrate militants on June 30 and August 8,” this year,” the spokesman for the Northern Command said. Giving details, the spokesman said the Indian side received 1200 artillery shells in Drass, Masskoh and Biamber sub-sector on July 25 while Indian troops fired only 70 bombs in retaliation. Pakistani troops once again resorted to heavy shelling of posts in Drass sector by firing close to 100 artillery shells on August 24, he said, adding Indian troops adopted the policy of restraint and responded with minimum force for effect. Pakistani troops indulged in 1200 artillery shelling on September 2. They also tried to target the population centres at Drass, but without any affect, the Army spokesman added. “India’s response had a devastating effect on their posts. Confidential reports indicated that Pakistani side had suffered several casualties including an officer, one JCO and many ranks getting killed, he added.”


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