Pakistan violates ceasefire in J-K’s Nowshera sector amid tension, Indian Army retaliates. (PTI/file)
Pakistan violated ceasefire on forward posts and villages along the Line of Control (LoC) in the Nowshera sector of Rajouri district on Sunday amid tension between Islamabad and New Delhi over abrogation of Article 370. The Indian Army is however retaliating to the firing.
On Saturday, Indian Army jawan was killed as Pakistan violated ceasefire in the Nowshera sector. The soldier was identified as Lance Naik Sandeep Thapa, 35, a resident of Dehradun. As per defence sources, the soldier had sustained serious injuries in the firing.
Uttarakhand: Last rites of Indian Army Lance Naik Sandeep Thapa performed at his residence in Rajawala village of Dehradun. He lost his life in ceasefire violation by Pakistan in NOWSHERA sector, #JammuAndKashmir, yesterday. pic.twitter.com/4aGwS4DUMT— ANI (@ANI) August 18, 2019
The firing from across the border started in Nowshera sector at around 6.45 pm, prompting strong and effective retaliation by Indian Army guarding the border, the defence spokesperson said. The exchange of fire between the two sides was on when the last reports were received.
This came after an initial calm along the LoC after India's move on abrogation of Article 370 provisions for Jammu and Kashmir with the forces foiling multiple infiltration attempts by terrorists.
Pakistan has been aiding terrorists who are desperate to target security forces and vitiate the environment in the Valley. In the last few days, Pakistani forces have scaled up ceasefire violations enhancing mortar shelling and heavy firing. The last big ceasefire violation was on July 30 when an infiltration bid was foiled in which four terrorists were killed.
Last month, two army personnel and a 10-day old baby were killed and several civilians injured in heavy Pakistani shelling and firing in the twin districts of Poonch and Rajouri in Jammu region.