Soldier martyred in Pak firing; Army inflicts ‘heavy damage’ in retaliation
An Indian soldier was killed and two others were injured on Tuesday in heavy firing by Pakistan along the de facto border in Jammu and Kashmir, officials said.
The Indian Army said it retaliated the firing and inflicted “heavy damage” on Pakistani posts in the Naushera sector of the Line of Control (LoC) - the de facto border that divides Jammu and Kashmir between the two countries.
“Heavy damage to Pakistan Army posts. Exchange of fire continues. Own one Jawan fatal in Naushehra Sector,” the Northern Command of the Indian Army said in a tweet.
India alleges that Pakistan has committed over 100 violations of a 2003 ceasefire since the surgical strikes that the Indian Army carried out on terror launch pads in September.
On Tuesday, Pakistan also fired heavy mortar shells at Indian positions at other border sectors in Rajouri and Poonch districts. Shelling commenced in Krishna Ghati sector of Poonch, defence spokesman Lt. Col. Manish Mehta told IANS.
“Pakistan army used 120 mm mortars and automatics to target Indian positions in KG sector of the LoC in Poonch district. Pakistan shelling and firing started at 1.45 p.m.
“Our troops are adequately responding. Shelling and firing exchanges are still going on in the area,” he said.
The Indian Army on Tuesday said it has inflicted “heavy damage” on Pakistani posts in retaliatory fire after the Pakistani Army violated the ceasefire in the Naushera sector in Jammu and Kashmir.
“Heavy damage to Pak Army posts. Exchange of fire continues. Own one Jawan fatal in Naushehra Sector,” the Northern Command of Indian Army said in a tweet.
Defence spokesperson Lt Col Manish Mehta said India is “appropriately responding” to ceasefire violations.
“We are appropriately responding in the system we find befitting,” the spokesperson said.
Over 100 ceasefire violations from the Pakistani side have taken place since the surgical strikes that India carried out on terror launch pads in the intervening night of September 28-29.