Army Men killed, 4 Others Injured In Cross LoC Firing

Elias Hubbard
October 2, 2020

An Army jawan was killed and another injured when Pakistani troops violated the ceasefire and resorted to heavy firing and mortar shelling in the forward areas along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir's Poonch district, officials said on Thursday.

Two Indian army soldiers have been martyred in action during an unprovoked ceasefire violation by Pakistan in Naugam sector in north Kashmir's Kupwara district while four others have been injured who are being evacuated to an army facility.

The ceasefire violation started last night as Pakistan launched unprovoked firing in the Mankote and Krishna Ghati sectors, a defence spokesperson said.

Pakistan did not directly comment on the deaths.

Pakistan has been targeting Indians posts and villages in Jammu and Kashmir. Since January 1, 2018, Pakistan has violated ceasefire agreements over 8,500 times in Jammu and Kashmir, a Right to Information reply from the Union Ministry of Home Affairs said.

A total of 24 civilians were killed and over 100 injured in more than 3,186 ceasefire violations by Pakistan on the LoC so far this year.

India says Pakistani troops often open fire to help militants sneak into India's side of Kashmir to join a decades-long armed revolt there.

In 2003, India and Pakistan had agreed on ceasefire along the Line Of Control. Pakistan denies the charge and says it offers only diplomatic and moral support to the rebels.

India retaliated with air raids inside Pakistani territory.

Since then, rival troops have traded fire nearly daily along the rugged and mountainous frontier, leaving dozens of civilians and soldiers dead on both sides. The latest rise in tension comes as India is separately locked in a serious military face-off with China along the de-facto border that the two countries dispute.

In recent months, the two countries have amassed tens of thousands of additional troops in the already militarised region. In June, 20 Indian soldiers were killed in a clash on a high ridge between soldiers using clubs, stones and their fists.

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