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Updated: July 9, 2013 17:34 IST

JCO killed in Pak firing on LoC in Poonch sector

Ahmed Ali Fayyaz
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A border post along the Line of Control near Poonch. File photo
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A border post along the Line of Control near Poonch. File photo

Indian troops retaliated after the unprovoked firing

One junior commissioned officer (JCO) of the Indian Army died when Pakistani troops resorted to small arms gunfire on the LoC in Sawjian area of Mandi sub sector of Poonch in Jammu and Kashmir on Friday.

Defence sources said that Naib Subedar Bachhan Singh sustained critical injuries when he was hit by shrapnel close to his Khalsa-2 post. He succumbed to injuries before being evacuated to a hospital.

A Defence spokesman at Northern Command headquarters at Udhampur told The Hindu that the Pakisnai troops used Pika guns, RPGs and UBGLs in the “unprovoked firing” that started at 1300 hours in Mandi area of the LoC in Poonch. He said that the Indian troops responded with ‘calibrated retaliation’ and the exchange of fire was going on intermittently when the reports last came in late in the afternoon.

After a series of the border skirmishes since January this year, this is the first fatal casualty the Indian troops have suffered in the last over two months. Friday’s violation of the 2003 ceasefire between the Indian and the Pakistani troops on the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir has occurred in a day of Nawaz Sharief’s assuming office as the Prime Minister of Pakistan.

PTI adds

Pakistani troops opened heavy firing with automatic weapons and Rocket-Propelled Grenades (RPGs) on Indian posts along the LoC in Subjian sub-sector of Poonch at around 1 pm, the officer said.

Indian troops retaliated after the unprovoked firing, he said, adding the exchange of fire was continuing till late in the day.

Army suspects that the firing was aimed at providing a cover to infiltrators trying to sneak in the Indian side. The entire area has been cordoned off and a search operation has been launched, he said.

Earlier, on May 27, Pakistani troops had pounded Indian posts along the LoC in the same Poonch sector with rockets.

A Brigadier and two jawans were injured on May 24, when Pakistani troops opened fire on Indian positions along the LoC in the Tutmari Gali sector in Jammu and Kashmir.

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Indians must be on watch. It is possible that pakistani lobbyists, active in India, is paying the ruling political party. Otherwise how can it be possible that we are not at all acting against the continual acts of enemity by Pakistan.

from:  P.K.Chaudhuri
Posted on: Jun 7, 2013 at 22:09 IST

Indo-Pak relations are never/shall never be like Indo-SA relations where a bussiness man's airplane landed in a defence airbase with a marriage party and matter amicably sorted out. India shall be on eternal alert with Pak and China (atleast for a decade) until eternal peace prevails. Zero complacency. These are the realities despite new team taking reins in Pak. A very friendly business like approach and relations can only make progress and take things ahead.

from:  Vyas
Posted on: Jun 7, 2013 at 20:18 IST

The new PM of Pakistan, obviously, has no control over the Pakistan
military. How else can you explain the cross-border firing across LOC in
Kashmir and kill an India JCO?

from:  Dr.
Posted on: Jun 7, 2013 at 18:47 IST
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