Indian Army soldier among three killed in ceasefire violation by Pakistan

Pauline Gross
January 21, 2018

On Monday Pakistan said four of its soldiers were killed during Indian firing along the heavily militarized Line of Control, the disputed section of the border in southern Kashmir.

"The firing started at around 6:30 am in R S Pura sector and Pak Rangers targeted all the civilian areas using mortar shells", said a nomad from Jora Form in RS Pura.

Since Friday morning, the soldiers of two countries traded heavy gunfire in RS Pura and Ramgarh sectors along the border, officials said, amid the growing tensions between the two neighbours.

Pakistan's military on Thursday accused Indian troops of initiating cross-border fire and targetting Pakistani villages. They demanded befitting response to the Pakistan for unprovoked firing especially in civilian areas.

Former J&K chief minister and National Conference leader, Omar Abdullah urged National Security Advisor Ajit Doval to talk to his Pakistani counterpart to stop exchange of fire on the border.

A jawan of the Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) was injured in cross border shelling in Jammu, officials said.

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Indian artillery and mortar guns continued to pound civilian population in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) on Saturday, leaving at least two civilians dead and another five wounded, according to Waleed Anwar, assistant commissioner of Nakyal.

The KCS in a statement in Srinagar said the civil society groups and individuals from Kashmir are deeply distressed at the emerging situation in Jammu and Kashmir.

Four people, including an Army jawan, a BSF Head-Constable were martyred, two civilians killed and 50 others, including two BSF jawans and civilians, injured, some of them seriously while over 100 cattle had died in last 24 hours.

Faisal, who is also Director-General South Asia, handed over a protest note to the Indian diplomat, condemning the use of heavy artillery on the Line of Control and Working Boundary, targeting civilians.

The issue of the continuing ceasefire violations by Pakistan was raised during the ongoing state Assembly session in Jammu.

Other reports by GizPress

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