Soldier killed as Pakistan violates ceasefire along LoC in Jammu and Kashmir’s Rajouri
The firing from across the border started in Jammu and Kashmir’s Nowshera sector at around 6.30 am, prompting strong and effective retaliation by Indian Army guarding the border, a defence spokesman said.Updated: Aug 18, 2019 10:44 IST
An Army soldier was killed as Pakistan violated ceasefire by resorting to shelling along the Line of Control (LoC) in Nowshera sector of Jammu and Kashmir’s Rajouri district on Saturday, a defence spokesperson said.
The soldier was identified as 35-year-old Lance Naik Sandeep Thappa of Dehradun. He had served in the Army for 15 years, defence spokesman Lt Col Devender Anand said.
“He was a brave soldier and the nation will remain indebted to him for his dedication to duty and supreme sacrifice,” the spokesperson added.
He said that the Pakistani troops initiated ceasefire violation by firing of small arms and shelling with mortars in the Nowshera sector at around 6:30 am and that the Indian Army is retaliating befittingly. The exchange of fire was intense in the morning but thereafter intermittent firing was on when last reports were received.
The ceasefire violation came two days after India’s retaliatory fire in the KG sector of Poonch district had left four Pakistani soldiers dead.
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Since the government effectively removed Article 370, which gave Jammu and Kashmir its special status, and carved out two union territories of Ladakh and J&K on August 5 and 6, Pakistani army has been regularly violating the truce deal and trying to push militants into J&K.
Army chief General Bipin Rawat has already warned Pakistan of a punitive response to any Pakistan mischief.
To protest scrapping of Article 370, Pakistan also wrote to the UN secretary general and the UNSC rotating chair for the month of August, Poland. It had sought an open discussion at the world body top-decision making forum, with a personal pitch from Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi to his Polish counterpart Jacek Czaputowicz in a phone call earlier this week. However, Pakistan had to settle for “closed-door informal consultations” of the UN Security Council on Kashmir developments instead of an open and formal meeting.