Soldier killed in Pakistani firing on LoC

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An Army soldier was killed when Pakistan violated the ceasefire and resorted to firing on forward positions along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir’s Poonch district on Thursday, officials said.

The Pakistan Army resorted to unprovoked firing along the LoC in the Krishna Ghati sector of Poonch, the officials said.

The Indian Army responded to the enemy fire in a befitting manner, they added.

Havaldar Nirmal Singh of the 10 JAK Rifles unit of the Army was critically injured in the firing and subsequently succumbed to his injuries, the officials said.

Singh was a brave, highly-motivated and sincere soldier, a defence spokesperson said, adding that the nation will always remain indebted to him for his supreme sacrifice and devotion to duty.

Lt Governor pays tributes:

“Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha has expressed grief over the loss of Havaldar Nirmal Singh in an unprovoked sniper fire incident by Pakistan at LoC in Krishnaghati Sector today,” a Raj Bhavan spokesman said.

“Paying tributes to the martyred soldier, the Lt Governor observed that we are eternally indebted to our men in uniform for their supreme sacrifices towards ensuring integrity and sovereignty of the country. The Lt Governor prayed for peace to the departed soul and strength to the bereaved family in its hour of grief,” the spokesman said.