Pakistan a victim of violence itself but still promoting it: J&K DGP

Abid Bashir        

Srinagar (NVI): A day after three Indian Army soldiers lost their lives in heavy Pakistani shelling along LoC in Jammu and Kashmir, J&K DGP Dibagh Singh today said that the neighboring country is a victim of violence itself but still continues to promote it.

While responding to a query on the use of artilleries on the LoC in Poonch and Kupwara, the DGP said: “Our neighbor is a victim of violence itself but it still continues to promote violence. Unfortunately, we lost three soldiers yesterday in CFVs at Poonch and Jammu. Our forces are giving a befitting a reply.”

Three soldiers were killed in the unprovoked ceasefire violations along LoC – two in Kupwara and one in Poonch. Two soldiers were injured in the CFV in Kupwara and one in Poonch.

In Poonch, Sepoy Karnail Singh from 10 JAK Rifles had succumbed to his injuries sustained in Pakistan firing in the Mankote sector in Jammu division, on Wednesday night.

The other CFV took place in the Nowgam sector of north Kashmir’s Kupwara in the early hours Thursday. Pakistani army resorted to heavy shelling small arms and mortars, leading to the fatalities on the Indian side. The Indian Army was also giving a befitting reply with artillery firing.

Apart from that, the J&K top cop said that there was a significant improvement in the overall situation in Kashmir as militancy-related incidents have gone down in the Union Territory and the law and order have considerably improved as compared to the past few years.

“The improvement in situation is because of the fact that youth of Kashmir understood the futility of violence and violent actions. Today, our youth are shining in civil services at both UT and all India levels. Our youth are taking part in sports activities at J&K, national and international levels,” the DGP told reporters at Police Headquarters here, on the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti, the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.

To another query on when would the bodies of the slain trio from Rajouri be handed over to their families, the DGP Singh said that legal formalities are being followed and very soon, bodies will be handed over to the family members.