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Army jawan killed as Pakistan violates ceasefire along LoC in Jammu and Kashmir’s Poonch

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

A border post along the Line of Control near Poonch. File photo   | Photo Credit: V.V. Krishnan

The ceasefire violation by Pakistan comes a day after Chief of the Army Staff General Bipin Rawat visited the troops on the LoC in the twin districts of Poonch and Rajouri

An Army jawan was killed on September 1 as Pakistan violated ceasefire by resorting to mortar shelling and small arms firing on forward posts and villages along the Line of Control in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir, officials said.

The soldier, manning a forward post, was killed in the firing from across the border in Shahpur-Kerni area of Poonch sector, an Army official said.

Further details of the incident were awaited, he said.

The ceasefire violation by Pakistan comes a day after Army Chief General Bipin Rawat visited the troops on the LoC in the twin districts of Poonch and Rajouri, and reviewed the prevailing situation and operational readiness of the units of White Knight Corps.

Earlier, Jammu-based based Army PRO Lt Col Devender Anand said, “At about 1300 hours, Pakistan initiated ceasefire violation by firing of small arms and shelling with mortars in Poonch sector. The Indian Army is retaliating befittingly.”

According to officials, the firing from across the border was intense and was still continuing when last reports were received.

Seven people, including five soldiers and a 10-day-old baby, were killed and several others injured in frequent ceasefire violations by Pakistan along the LoC in the two districts since July.

The chief of Army staff (COAS), who was on a two-day visit to Jammu and Kashmir, visited forward areas along the LoC in Poonch and Rajouri districts on August 31, and reviewed the mission readiness of units, response mechanism to ceasefire violations, measures adopted to deal with Pakistan proxies, counter infiltration posture and preparation to deal with violent actions on the Line of Control.

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