1. Pakistan violates ceasefire in Jammu and Kashmir’s Nowshera sector; woman dead

Pakistan violates ceasefire in Jammu and Kashmir’s Nowshera sector; woman dead

Pakistan violated ceasefire early in the morning today in the Nowshera sector, killing one woman and injuring another.

By: | New Delhi | Updated: May 11, 2017 8:38 AM
Firing is still going on. (PTI)

A 35-year-old woman was killed and one person was injured as Pakistan violated ceasefire in Jammu and Kashmir’s Nowshera sector in Rajouri continues, using 120 mm mortars. The firing is still going on in Nowshera sector, according to ANI report. A video had gone viral, earlier this week showing purported destruction of Pakistani army bunkers by Indian armed forces in shelling along the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir, a PTI report had said.

A shell hit a village in Laam belt of Nowshera sector, killing Akhtar Bi and injuring her husband Mohmmad Hanief (40). “The Pakistani Army fired from small arms and automatic weapons from 10:40 last night on Indian Army posts along the LoC in Nowshera belt of Rajouri district,” a defence spokesman was quoted as saying PTI.

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They also shelled forward posts and civilian areas using 82 mm and 120 mm mortars, he said. “The Indian Army posts are retaliating strongly and effectively. The firing is presently on,” he said. There have been six ceasefire violations in April Month.

The latest incident of ceasefire violation comes after the beheading of two Indian soldiers by Pakistan’s Border Action Team on May 1. Under the cover of heavy mortar fire, the Pakistani special forces team sneaked 250 metres across the Line of Control (LoC) into the KG sector of Poonch and beheaded the soldiers.

The Home Ministry has said that at least one incident of ceasefire violation by Pakistan took place daily along the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir in 2015 and 2016 in which 23 security personnel lost their lives.

As many as 1,142 terror incidents were reported in the state between 2012 and 2016 in which 236 security personnel and 90 civilians were killed, it said.

According to the reply, Pakistan breached the truce along the Line of Control 449 times in 2016 as compared to 405 violations in 2015. 23 security personnel were killed in the two-year period.

On Wednesday morning, army Lieutenant Ummer Fayaz was found in Harmen area of Shopian in South Kashmir, an Indian Express report said. As per it, the armyman was abducted from Batpura village where he had gone to attend his cousin’s wedding.

“Abduction & murder of Lt. Ummer Fayaz by terrorists in Shopian is a dastardly act of cowardice. This young officer from J&K was a role model,” Defence Minister Jaitley said in a tweet.

“I assure the family that the perpetrators of this heinous crime and dastardly act will not be spared,” said Lt Gen Abhay Krishna, General Officer Commanding-in Chief of South Western Command and Colonel of Rajputana Riffles, was quoted as saying by Indian Express.

Fayaz was from Kulgam district in Kashmir. He was commissioned into the Army last year and was a part of the Rajputana Rifles.

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