Pakistan violates ceasefire again; 2 soldiers, civilian wounded

india Updated: Nov 19, 2016 23:53 IST
Ravi Krishnan Khajuria
Ravi Krishnan Khajuria
Hindustan Times
Ceasefire violation,LoC firing,Line of Control

A villager displays a mortar shell fired from the Pakistan side, at a residential area near in Pallanwala sector, of Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday.(AP)

Pakistan provoked India yet again on Saturday, with heavy firing on Indian posts and villages along the Line of Control (LoC) in Nowshera sector of Rajouri district in Jammu and Kashmir, injuring a soldier, a BSF constable and a civilian.

“There is an unprovoked ceasefire violation by Pakistan army in Naushera sector from 10.30am on Saturday. They are firing 120mm mortar shells, automatics and small arms. The Indian Army is responding befittingly to the enemy fire,” defence spokesperson Lt Col Manish Mehta said.

An intelligence source said, “Pakistan Army is resorting to heavy mortar shelling in Kalsian, Jhangar and Namb Karali areas of Naushera sector.”

Sepoy Kala Singh of 8 Sikh Light Infantry, BSF constable Laltu Hasda and a civilian named Shanti Devi were injured in the violation.

There has been no let up in Pakistani shelling on Indian villages and posts since New Delhi’s surgical strikes on terror launch pads across the LoC in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir on September 29.

Meanwhile, the Pakistan Army claimed an Indian drone that intruded into its territory was shot down on Saturday. The Indian quad copter was shot down in Rakh Chakri sector of the LoC, the de-facto border between the countries, the Pakistan Army said. The drone intruded 60 metres into the Pakistani side and crashed near the Aagahi post around 4.45pm, army spokesperson Gen Asim Bajwa posted on Twitter.

Last year, Pakistan said it had shot down an “Indian spying device” along the heavily guarded LoC, though New Delhi denied the claim.

First Published: Nov 19, 2016 22:36 IST