Soldiers Killed & 1 Injured in Pak's Ceasefire Violation in J&K

Casey Dawson
February 6, 2018

Earlier on Jan 20-21, the Foreign Office had informed of an Indian ceasefire violation across the LoC in Nikial Sector.

The injured civilians have been identified as Gulnaz Begum, 15, of Islamabad and Yasir Arif, 6, of Shahpur, and sources said both sustained splinter injuries.

He was responding to the concern expressed by the legislators over the loss of lives and damage to property in the cross-border firing in twin border districts of Poonch and Rajouri in the State yesterday.

Those martyred in the firing by the Pakistani troops were Captain Kapil Kundu, rifleman Ramavatar, rifleman Subham Singh and Havildar Roshan Lal.

Incidents of ceasefire violations by Pakistani troops have increased sharply over the past few years.

Four Indian soldiers were killed by Pakistani army forces along the border with Indian-administered Kashmir and Pakistan, according to Shahid Iqbal Choudhary, deputy commissioner of Rajouri.

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"Alternate arrangements for boarding and lodging have also been put in place for the affected population", he said.

"Pakistan Army initiated unprovoked and indiscriminate firing of Small arms, automatics, mortars and missiles from 1530 hours in BG sector along the Line of Control (LC)".

Outside Parliament, an angry BJP MP Subramanian Swamy said, "Right from the beginning, I am saying gear up for war and break Pakistan into four pieces". "If the current level of tension continues, soon the ceasefire violations may overtake the 2017 figures", they said.

Union Minister for MSME, Giriraj Singh also slammed Pakistan for the ceasefire violations and said, "Have faith in the Indian Army".

Referring to the 2016 surgical strikes, the Minister said, "When the Army carried out surgical strikes it didn't tell the media about it". However, the violation of the truce has still been continuing.

The area of focus in the latest shelling was along the Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch and Rajouri districts.

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