Pak shells forward areas along LoC after infiltration bid foiled in J&K’s Keran

Pak targets forward areas along LoC in J&K's Kupwara, Baramulla
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Jammu/Srinagar (NVI): The Indian Army today foiled yet another infiltration bid along LoC (Line of Control) in Jammu and Kashmir’s Keran sector following which Pakistani troops violated ceasefire at multiple places in J&K, defence officials said.

According to a statement released by the Army, suspicious movement was observed by Indian troops at forward posts along LoC in Keran sector and the infiltration bid was foiled.

The infiltration bid was accompanied by an unprovoked ceasefire violation (CFV) by Pakistan in Keran. While the Pakistan army resorted to firing mortars and other weapons, the Indian Army was also giving befitting response, as per the statement.

The CFVs spread to larger areas from Keran to Uri sectors, Army said, adding that this was the second infiltration attempt within a week.

While the heavy firing was going on in Dildar area of Tangdhar sector in Kupwara, cross LoC shelling took place in Haji Peer sector of Uri in Baramulla, defence officials said.

At around 1.45 pm, Pakistan initiated an unprovoked ceasefire violation by firing with small arms along LoC in Sawjian sector of Poonch district in J&K.

“India Army is well poised to defeat all attempts by Pakistan to infiltrate terrorists into J&K,” the Army said in its statement.

An earlier infiltration bid in Machil sector was foiled on the intervening night of November 7 and 8 in which three terrorists were killed.

Four defence personnel including an Army officer and a BSF jawan also lost their lives in the action.

Yesterday, the Pakistani army violated ceasefire twice in Poonch district by resorting to small and heavy arms fire while targeting Shahpur, Kirni and Qasba sectors.

Pakistan has resorted to intense shelling post abrogation of Article 370 last year and continues with frequent unprovoked CFVs in both Kashmir and Jammu regions along LoC since then.

Pakistan has been trying to push infiltrators to this side of the LoC by unprovoked firing including heavy shelling.

-ARK