Jawan Injured As Pak Violates Ceasefire Twice On LoC

5 September 2015
The Daily Excelsior

Jammu: An Army jawan was injured as there was no let up in ceasefire violations by Pakistan army on the Line of Control (LoC) in Hamirpur and Krishna Ghati sectors of Poonch district. Overnight, Pakistan army violated the ceasefire twice on the LoC. Official sources said Sepoy Ravinder Singh sustained splinter injuries while manning a post in Krishna Ghati sector at 7.45 am today when Pakistan army resorted to heavy firing with semi automatic and small fire arms targeting forward Indian posts of the Army along the LoC. Indian side returned the firing effectively and the exchange of firing continued for about half an hour. Troops evacuated the injured jawan from the site of firing and shifted him to Army Hospital in Poonch, where his condition was stated to be stable. Prior to ceasefire violation in Krishna Ghati sector, Pakistan Army last night opened firing on forward Indian positions in Hamirpur sector at 9.50 pm last night. Troops from this side returned the firing, leading to exchanges that continued for 25 minutes. However, there were no casualties or damage on the Indian side in the firing. Damage, if any, on other side of the LoC was not known. Army today destroyed three live abandoned mortar shells in Sabra Gali of Balakote sector in Poonch district. Sources said the mortar shells had been fired by the Pakistan army during shelling in first half of August. The shells had remained unexploded. Some villagers spotted the mortar shells lying in the fields at Sabra Gali near the LoC and sounded the troops. A Bomb Disposal Squad of the Army took the mortar shells to a safer area and defused them safely. It may be mentioned that Pakistan army had resorted to heavy mortar shelling in Balakote and other sectors along the twin border districts of Poonch and Rajouri last month in which six civilians were killed and several others were injured. Pakistan side had also suffered extensive damage. With these ceasefire violations, the number of such violations has gone up to six in September. On September 4, Pakistani Rangers had fired two burst of small arms and two mortar shells on posts along the International Border (IB) in R S Pura sector of Jammu district around 2 am. On September 3, the Pakistan army had targeted Bhimber Gali (BG) sector of the LoC in Poonch district by resorting to small arms firing from 2320 to 2330 hours. On September 2, the Pakistan army had targeted Krishna Ghati sector of the LoC in Poonch district and Indian troops responded appropriately and effectively. On September 1, Pakistan troops had fired on a Forward Defence Location (FDL). Eleven people were killed, including two jawans, and over 30 injured in August in ceasefire violations by Pakistan last month in the State. There have been 57 violations of the border ceasefire agreement by Pakistan in August and over 250 ceasefire violations in the year so far. Troops were maintaining high alert all along the LoC to give effective reply to ceasefire violations by Pakistan army and thwart infiltration attempts by the militants under the cover of shelling and firing.