Jammu and Kashmir: Soldier on LoC killed in Pakistani firing

Posted October 04, 2017

Three of the injured are said to be in a critical condition, according to reports.

"Pakistani forces started unprovoked shelling and firing at Indian positions and the military is befittingly responding", a senior officer said.

Indian officials said the two sides exchanged fire in frontier Poonch district, about 180 km southwest of Srinagar city, the summer capital of Indian-controlled Kashmir.

According to sources, ceasefire violations by Pakistan have increased, with 285 violations till August 1 against 228 in the whole of previous year.

Two seriously injured villagers, including a five-year-old minor girl, were airlifted to Jammu Medical college hospital amid continuous shelling in the forward area. The writer is reluctant to meandering into security considerations such as securing rivers' water or highlighting the presence of over half million Indian troops in Indian-occupied Kashmir.

Heavy shelling occurred in the Kerni and Digwar sectors early morning today, ANI reported.

But Pakistan has denied the charge saying that like in past instances of cross-LoC skirmishes, it were the Indian troops who initiated the firing in Poonch-Rawlakote area on Monday.

Just last week, its troops had fired along the LoC killing two civilians in the firing. A BSF constable and a woman have been killed and over a dozen civilians injured in mortar shelling by Pakistani Rangers last month. On September 29, Pakistani Rangers and the Border Security Force held a flag meeting and agreed to maintain calm and tranquility along the border.