July 2017 News

Pakistan Violates Ceasefire Along LoC In Poonch; Army Retaliates Strongly

9 July 2017
Times of India

New Delhi: In yet another incident of ceasefire violation, the Pakistan army fired indiscriminately at Indian Army forward posts and villages along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir's Poonch district on Sunday evening. The Army retaliated strongly to Pakistan's unprovoked firing. Giving details about the exchange of fire, Defence Ministry spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Manish Mehta said, 'Pakistan army initiated indiscriminate firing and shelling on our positions on the LoC in Poonch district's Digwar and Khaari Karmara.' 'Unprovoked firing from Pakistan's side started at around 6.40pm,' he added. He also said that the Pakistan army fired at the Indian posts with small arms, automatics and mortars and the gunfight is still underway. On Saturday, Army destroyed Pakistani post close to the LoC+ in the same area. The Army action came after an Army jawan and his wife were killed and four persons injured when the Pakistani army violated ceasefire by shelling and firing at forward posts and hamlets along the LoC in Poonch. The deceased were identified as Sepoy Mohmmad Shaukat of Territorial Army and his wife Safia Bi. Their three daughters identified as Zaida Kouser (6), Robina Kouser (12) and Nazia Bi were injured as was another person. Following the ceasefire violation, Indian troops had retaliated. There have been 23 incidents of ceasefire violation, one BAT attack and two infiltration bids by Pakistan in June this year in which 4 people including 3 jawans were killed and 12 injured, officials said. On June 29, two Indian Army jawans were injured when Pakistani troops fired from small arms and shelled mortars on forward posts and civilian areas along the LoC in Poonch. On June 26, the occasion of Eid-ul Fitr, the Pakistani army fired small arms and automatic weapons and shelled mortars along the LoC in Bhimbher Gali sector of Rajouri. On June 22+ , in the third such attack this year, a team of Pakistani special forces sneaked 600 metres across the LoC into the Poonch sector and killed two Indian jawans and lost one Border Action Team (BAT) member in retaliatory action. The attack by the Pakistani special forces team had taken place at around 2 PM on an Army patrol party in the Gulpur belt of Poonch under heavy cover fire by troops from across the LoC. In the attack, two Indian soldiers - 34-year-old Naik Jadhav Sandip of Aurangabad and 24-year-old Sepoy Mane Savan Balku of Kolhapur - were martyred.