India, Pakistan Army exchange heavy fire along LoC in Rajouri

Elias Hubbard
July 17, 2017

Soldier, Lance Naik Mohammed Naseer was martyred in the attack.

Mehta called the Pakistani firing an "unprovoked" violation of a 2003 cease-fire between the neighbors and said Indian troops returned fire.

In another incident, one CRPF jawan was injured when militants hurled a grenade at a patrol team in the Kulgam area of Kashmir. India put out a strong warning to Pakistan, with its top military commander making it clear that the army "reserved the right to retaliate appropriately" to ceasefire violations.

Lt Gen Bhatt also put across that the trend of infiltration along the LoC continued with active support of Pakistan forward posts impacting peace and tranquillity along the LoC and also the internal security situation. As the Indian army has beefed up its defences by increasing frequency of area domination patrol, BAT teams found themselves in a tight spot. He added that the Indian Army has not suffered any casualty in the month of July in these unprovoked ceasefire violations.

Tensions between the two nuclear neighbors has failed to ease after 19 Indian soldiers were killed in Indian-held Kashmir last month by militants India claimed had links with Pakistan. Pakistan's The News daily quoting unnamed sources said the Pakistan DGMO "strongly protested" against the deaths on Sunday.

After suffering fatal casualties at the hands of Indian army, Pakistan army too has affected change of strategy to bleed Indian soldiers.

Speaking to media, an Army Spokesperson said, "Pakistan Army has been violating the ceasefire on a regular basis". Pakistan's military denied the allegations and said it had not committed ceasefire violations.

On June 29, two Indian Army jawans were injured when the Pakistani troops initiated firing along the LOC in Poonch.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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