Army Chief asks troops to be alert on Line of Control
Army chief Gen Dalbir Singh Suhag on Tuesday reviewed security situation along the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir and asked the troops to be alert against any inimical activity, in the wake of heightened tension in Indo-Pak ties.
“The Chief of Army Staff, General Dalbir Singh visited Headquarters Northern Command at Udhampur on Tuesday”, a senior Army officer said.
The visit comes a day after Pakistan said the Indian army killed seven of its soldiers in shelling.
Gen Suhag exhorted the troops to be alert against any inimical designs and be aggressive in their approach.
The General interacted with the Formation Commanders and reviewed the situation along the Line of Control (LoC) as well as internal security situation in the Command theatre, he said.
The army chief commended the soldiers for boldly responding to ceasefire violations along the LoC. He also lauded the synergy and co-operation between the Northern Command, Air Force, Paramilitary Forces, Civil Administration, Central Police Organisations operating in the region.
The firing at the LoC has intensified ever since the surgical strike of September 29.
Pak firing and shelling in Sunderbani sector
Pakistani troops on Tuesday targeted Indian posts with heavy firing and shelling for four hours along the LoC in Rajouri in Jammu and Kashmir, forcing Indian troops to retaliate.
“There has been unprovoked ceasefire violations by Pakistani Army in Sunderbani sector of Rajouri district from 0710 hours on Tuesday,” a defence spokesman said.
Pakistani troops used mortar bombs and automatic weapons on Indian positions, which continued till 1100 hours, he said.
Indian security forces gave a befitting reply to the Pakistani troops, he said.
There was also overnight firing along LoC in Pallanwala sector of Jammu district.
On Monday, Pakistani troops resorted to shelling and firing on Indian posts in four sectors along the LoC in Pallanwala sector of Jammu, Sunderbani and Naushera sectors of Rajouri and Khadi sector of Poonch district, in which two persons including a jawan were injured. Pakistan on Monday said seven of its soldiers were killed in firing by Indian troops across the LoC.