Indo, Pak Troops Trade Fire Along LoC

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SRINAGAR – After a day’s lull, India and Pakistan troops on Monday again traded gunfire along the Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir.

According to sources, Pakistani troops resorted to unprovoked firing across the LoC in Qasba and Kerni sectors of Poonch district.

Firing which started on Monday afternoon was still going on from both sides, sources said.

They said Indian army was giving a befitting response to Pakistani aggression.

On Saturday, Pakistan had resorted to ceasefire violation in the same sectors.

Earlier this month, a 60-year-old civilian was killed and three others were injured in Pakistani firing at the LoC in the Shahpur sector of Poonch.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh early this month said that Pakistan army was involved in a total of 3,479 ceasefire violations along the Jammu and Kashmir border in 2019.

In a written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha, Rajnath Singh had said that 13 Indian Army personnel and two soldiers of the Border Security Force (BSF) were killed in action in 2019 due to ceasefire violations (CFVs) and cross border firing (CBF).

Army Chief To Visit Kashmir Today

Amid frequent skirmishes at the borders, Army Chief General MM Naravane will visit Kashmir on Tuesday to review the ongoing security situation and counter-militancy operations in the Valley, Army sources said on Monday.

During the visit starting tomorrow, Gen Naravane will also visit the Indian Army positions on the LoC and he would be briefed by senior military commanders on the overall situation in the Kashmir valley.

Earlier on Sunday, Jammu and Kashmir DGP Dilbag Singh had said that Pakistan has increased ceasefire violations along the Line of Control (LoC).

He said that Indian forces have been successful in foiling the infiltration bids from across the border.

“Ceasefire violations from Pakistan side have increased, however, we have been successful in foiling their infiltration bids. Still, some succeed in their infiltration attempt. These militants are neutralised during operations,” Singh told media in Kathua.

He said there are about 240-250 militants in the Jammu and Kashmir and operations are underway to eliminate them.

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