Soldier injured as Pak army shells Indian posts and villages along LoC in Poonch
The Indian army claims Pakistan stepped up ceasefire violation along the Line of Control in Poonch on Monday which left one Indian soldier injured.Updated: Jun 14, 2017 09:21 IST
Hindustan Times, Jammu
A soldier was injured as the Pakistani army targeted Indian posts and forward villages along the Line of Control (LoC) in Balnoi area of Krishna Ghati sector in Poonch district on Monday.
“A soldier identified as Havaldar Dinesh Kumar of 20 Kumaon Regiment was injured when a rocket exploded at 636 TAK headquarters on the LoC in Mankote area of Balnoi this evening,” said an intelligence official.
Defence spokesman Lt Col Manish Mehta said that Pakistan Army began indiscriminate fire with small arms, automatics and mortars from 6:45 pm in Krishna Ghati sector.
Reports said that Pakistani troops have been targeting forward villages triggering panic among hapless villagers.
Sounds of explosions could be heard in Mendhar town.
Earlier in the morning, Pakistan opened heavy fire in Nowshera and Krishna Ghati sectors of Rajouri and Poonch districts.
Lt Col Mehta said the Pakistani army used small arms, automatic weapons and mortars.
He said the Indian Army retailed strongly and effectively.
Ahead of annual Amarnath Yatra, which is scheduled to begin on June 29, Pakistan has repeatedly violated truce along the LoC and has also stepped up terror attacks in Kashmir.
Pak army chief General Qamar Bajwa has visited Pakistani forward posts opposite Poonch thrice in the past one month.
Over the past four days, the Indian army has gunned down 14 Pakistani terrorists on the LoC in Kashmir.
While the LoC has been witnessing heavy fire by Pakistani troops, Pakistani Rangers have also been opening unprovoked fire on the 198 km long international border in Jammu region.
“Going by the circumstances this summer, Pakistan has been trying its best to fuel terrorism in the state and flare up the borders at the same time to attract the attention of international community,” said an intelligence official.
Over 2400 villagers continue to live in five relief camps in Nowshera town.
Since May 1 when Pakistan killed and mutilated two Indian soldiers--JCO Paramjit Singh and BSF head constable Prem Sagar, Pakistan has stepped by shelling on the borders.
Pakistan has also stepped up terror attacks in Kashmir with two attacks in Lower Munda and Qazigund areas on Jammu-Srinagar highway thereby raising serious concerns over safety of Amarnath Yatra this year.
First Published: Jun 12, 2017 22:18 IST