Soldier killed in LoC firing

A soldier was killed as Pakistani troops targeted forward posts and villages along the Line of Control (LOC) in Sunderbani sector on Tuesday, officials said.

“Pakistani troops also suffered casualties and heavy damage to their posts in retaliatory action by the Indian army,” Jammu-based Public Relations Officer (PRO) of Army, Lieutenant Devender Anand, said.

“Pakistan Army resorted to unprovoked ceasefire violation along the Line of Control (LoC) in Sunderbani sector. In the exchange of fire Naik Krishan Lal died,” he said.

2 injured in Tangdhar; Exchange of heavy artillery fire in Uri

Two persons were injured and a residential house was damaged in cross border shelling on Line of Control in Tangdhar and Machil Sectors of Kupwara on Tuesday.The government has ordered closure of educational institutions in Tangdhar. The injured were identified as Ikhlaq Hassan and Resham Jan of Tangdhar.

Officials said that ceasefire violation (CFV) took place at around 2 pm. “Till evening intermittent firing was going,” they said. “After 7.30 pm guns fell silent.”

There have also been reports of heavy exchange of fire in Machil sector of Kupwara. Locals of the area have appealed to India and Pakistan to stop the firing. “We have been caught in a war like situation, we appeal to the higher authorities to stop the fire and let us live in peace,” residents said.

Meanwhile, Army on Tuesday used heavy artillery in Uri sector of north Kashmir to target Pakistani posts.

Reports said use of artillery came hours after Pakistani troops fired mortar shells in Karnah sector of Kupwara. The artillery was used from Mahura Uri.

There is panic in the area as locals fear the skirmish could escalate like in the last year which resulted in evacuation of thousands of people.

Farooq concerned over border skirmishes

National Conference president and MP Srinagar Dr Farooq Abdullah has expressed sorrow over the death of a baby in LoC firing in Poonch.

“Our party has always maintained that it is common population living across the LoC that has to bear the brunt of escalation of tension between India and Pakistan. Unfortunately the leaders across the border have always shut their eyes to the sufferings of people who come in the line of fire between the two countries,” he said.

Impressing upon India and Pakistan to maintain maximum restraint, he said, “Every time skirmishes escalate on border or LoC, it is common populace that has to bear the brunt.” (Reporting by Yogesh Sagotra, Shabir Ibn Yusuf, Muzamil Shah and Altaf Baba)