Pak violates ceasefire, shells LoC with mortar bombs
Pakistani troops violated the ceasefire four times on Monday by targeting forward posts and civilian areas along the LoC in Poonch district with 120 mm mortar bombs and opening fire with automatic weapons, drawing retaliation from Indian troops.
There were reports of two civilians suffering minor injuries in the firing and shelling.
Pakistan shelled posts along the LoC in Shahpur, Krishnagati, Mandi and Sabzian sectors of Poonch district.
“Pakistan troops resorted to unprovoked firing in Mandi and Sabzian sectors of Poonch district from 1345 hours on Monday”, Defence Spokesman Col Manish Mehta said.
They fired 120 mm, 80 mm mortar bombs, automatic weapons and small arms, he said, adding the exchanges are going on. Earlier Pakistani troops violated the ceasefire in Poonch using small arms, automatic and mortar bombs (in Shahpur) in Poonch, he said. “It has appropriately been responded to, we have given them a befitting reply. The ceasefire violation is still on”, he said. A police officer said the firing started at around 1045 hours and is going on.
Pakistani troops had earlier briefly opened fire in Krishnagati sector of Poonch district around 0100 hours, officials said. Deputy Commissioner of Poonch, Mohmmad Harun Malik said that as per reports from the border area, two civilian has suffered minor injuries. There have been four ceasefire violations on Monday and 10 since the surgical strikes carried out by Indian Army on the intervening night of September 28 and 29. agencies
Forces giving befitting reply to terror attacks: Rajnath
Hours after militants attacked two adjoining camps of Army and paramilitary in Jammu and Kashmir, Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Monday said security forces were giving a “befitting reply” to such attempts by Pakistan-based terrorist groups.
“Our security forces are giving a befitting reply,” he told reporters here when asked about the attacks on security forces by militants in the state.
Singh’s comments came hours after a BSF and adjoining army camps in Baramulla were attacked by heavily armed militants last night.
The first major attack on security forces by terrorists came four days after the Indian Army launched surgical strikes on terror launch pads in Pakistan occupied Kashmir. Last night’s attack in Baramulla took place exactly a fortnight after terrorists struck at the army brigade headquarters at Uri, 102 kms from here, killing 19 soldiers.