J&K: Pak resorts to heavy shelling at multiple places along LoC in Poonch, Rajouri

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New Delhi (NVI): In continuation of its brazen attempts to facilitate infiltration along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir, Pakistani troops yet again resorted to unprovoked firing and shelling at multiple places in Poonch and Rajouri districts of J&K this evening.

According to defence officials, the Pakistani army first violated the ceasefire at around 6.15 pm in Degwar Sector of Poonch district in J&K while firing with small arms and intense shelling with mortars. They said the Indian Army was retaliating befittingly.

At around 6.40 pm, Pakistan again resorted to heavy shelling, this time also using artillery to target forward places in Khari Karmara area of Poonch district.

In the third instance, Pakistan violated ceasefire at around 6.45 pm in Sunderbani sector of Rajouri district in J&K, again resorting to small arms fire and artillery shelling along LoC, defence officials said.

Unprovoked heavy shelling and firing are Pakistan’s one of the most common tactics to facilitate infiltration along LoC in J&K. Pakistani army has specifically targetted forward areas in Poonch this year.

Yesterday also two Border Security Force (BSF) personnel sustained injuries during the unprovoked CFV by the Pakistan Army along the LOC in Mendhar sector of Poonch in Jammu.

However, talking to reporters yesterday, the Indian Army’s Srinagar-based 15 Corps commander (Chinar Corps), Lt Gen BS Raju, said that only 30 infiltrators have sneaked into Kashmir this year from across the LoC as compared to 130 during the same period last year.

-ARK