Pakistan ceasefire violation: In unfortunate news, 34-year-old Army jawan Naik Bakhtawar Singh who hails from Punjab lost his life in ceasefire violation by Pakistan in Jammu and Kashmir’s Nowshera area at 5:15 am on Friday morning, reported ANI. Confirming the news, it said that Bakhtawar Singh was martyred along the Line of Control (LoC) in Nowshera sector of Rajouri district. The Pakistan Army today pounded forward posts and civilians areas along the Line of Control in Rajouri district of Jammu and Kashmir with mortar bombs and also fired small and automatic weapons twice, prompting Indian posts to retaliate strongly.
This was the 12th ceasefire violation in last five days and 15th along the Line of Control since January 1. “Pakistan Army resorted to indiscriminate firing of mortars and small arms, automatic weapons from 1730 hours today in Naushera sector along the LoC of Rajouri district”, Defence Spokesman Lt Col Manish Mehta told PTI. Indian Army posts are retaliating strongly, effectively and the firing is presently on, he added. It also added that the Pakistani troops initiated indiscriminate firing of mortars and small arms, automatic weapons from 1400 hours in Naushera sector along the LoC.
The ceasefire violation took place just one day after India denied claims that Russia will act as a mmediatorbetween India and Pakistan. “No offer of mediation between India and Pakistan was made by Russia to India,” Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson Gopal Baglay said. Denying reports in Pakistan media about Russia’s reported offer for mediation to ease the ongoing tension between India and Pakistan, Baglay said, “It is my understanding that Russia is very well aware of India’s consistent position to address all outstanding issues with Pakistan bilaterally in an environment free of terrorism and violence.”