June 2018 News

Army Jawan Martyred As Pak Violates Ceasefire On LoC

16 June 2018
Times of India
Sanjay Khajuria

Jammu: An army jawan was killed on Saturday morning when Pakistan resorted to unprovoked firing and mortar shelling along the Line of Control (LoC) in Nowshera sector of J&K's Rajouri district. This is the third ceasefire violation by Pakistan since the May 29 DGMO talks. In view of the fresh truce violation, the traditional exchange of sweets between Indian and Pakistani armies on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr was cancelled. 'The Pakistan Army resorted to unprovoked firing on routine army patrol around 700 metres inside Indian territory,' a defence spokesman said here. 'In the exchange of fire, rifleman Bikas Gurung, 21, was grievously injured and later succumbed to his injuries. Gurung hailed from Khunka Khuki in Manipur and is survived by his mother Beana May Gurung,' he added. The defence spokesman further said that the unprovoked ceasefire violation by Pakistan, especially on the occasion of Eid, was highly unethical and unprofessional. 'Our troops have exercised maximum restraint in spite of grave provocation. However, the Indian Army was forced to respond to the unprovoked firing. We will give them a befitting response at the time and place of our own choosing,' he said. Meanwhile, BSF troopers on Friday night arrested two Pakistani nationals along the international border (IB) in Samba district of the state. 'The border force personnel noticed two persons moving suspiciously in the forward location near Chak Faqira area of Samba and immediately apprehended them. They were then subjected to intense questioning,' official sources said. The two have been identified as Sohail, 31, and Ahmed, 22. Both of them are residents of Chamana Kalan in Narwal district of Pakistan.

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