In a ceasefire violation by Pakistan today, an Indian army JCO and a BSF head constable were killed while another soldier was injured in district Poonch of Jammu and Kashmir. The bodies of the two Indian soldiers were also mutilated by the Pakistan Army, according to a release by Northern Command of Indian Army.
In a press release, the Northern Command of Indian Army said, “Pak Army carried out unprovoked rocket and mortar firing on two forward posts on the line of control in Krishna Ghati Sector. Simultaneously a BAT action was launched on a patrol operating in between the two posts. In an unsoldierly act by the Pak Army the bodies of two of our soldiers in the patrol were mutilated. Such despicable act of Pakistan Army will be appropriately responded.”
According to PTI, the incident happened at around 8.30 am when Pakistan fired rockets at a forward defence location (FDL) post of the BSF along the Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch. “At about 0830 hours, there was heavy firing from Pakistani (army) posts at BSF posts along the LoC in Krishnagati sector of Poonch district with rockets and automatic weapons,” a senior BSF officer told PTI. He said that a junior commissioned officer (JCO) of the army and a BSF constable were killed in the attack, while another BSF jawan was injured.
According to the officer, Indian troops guarding LOC retaliated effectively. In the last one month, Pakistani troops have breached the truce along LOC in Poonch and Rajouri sectors seven times. Monday’s ceasefire violation took place a day after Pakistan Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa visited the LOC at Haji Pir sector in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir and made some provocative statements against India.
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According to a press release by Pakistan’s ISPR, General Bajwa said, “Indian aggression and frustration vents at the people of IOK and Pakistani villages along LOC/Working Boundary, but we must keep our response purely in military domain in accordance with our values.
“The violence perpetuated by Indian Forces in IOK is state-sponsored terrorism by all definitions. This violence riles up passions on this side of the LOC as well as people of Pakistan can not remain indifferent to the barbaric treatment meted out to defenceless Kashmiris including women and children.
“The Kashmiris have a right to live without fear and repression. We will always stand by their rightful political struggle for the right of self-determination and recourse to basic human rights.”
Pakistan had violated the ceasefire in Poonch sector on April 19 and shelled mortars on forward posts in Noushera sector on April 17. Pakistan had resorted to firing in the same sector on April 8, in Poonch district on April 5, in Bhimbher Gali (BG) sector on April 4 and twice on April 3 in Balakote and (Digwar) Poonch sectors, according to PTI.