After Poonch, Guns Roar Along LoC In Rajouri

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Indian forces personnel patrolling near the line of control – File Picline

Jammu: After skirmishes in Poonch, Indian and Pakistani troops on Wednesday exchanged heavy gunfire along the Line of Control (LoC) in the neighbouring Rajouri district of Jammu and Kashmir.

The Pakistani Army today opened fire and shelled mortars along the LoC in Rajouri district, officials said.

The Indian Army effectively retaliated.

“At about 0730 hours today, Pak initiated unprovoked ceasefire violation by firing of small arms & intense shelling with mortars along LoC in Nowshera Sector”, a defence spokesman said.

Exchanges were on when last reports came from the area.

Pakistani troops had shelled areas along the LoC in Mankote and Khari Karmara sectors of Poonch district on Monday and Tuesday.

Meanwhile, the district administration in Rajouri today sanctioned Rs 20 lakh compensation to the victims of cross-LoC shelling.

According to an official spokesperson, Deputy Commissioner Rajouri, Mohammad Nazir Sheikh today cleared 4 compensation cases, including 3 deaths and 1 disability case related to militancy and cross-border shelling during the District Level Coordination Cum Screening committee meeting.

After thorough examination of all the cases, the committee sanctioned cash compensation of Rs 20 lacs in favour of the next of kin of deceased persons and injured by militancy violence  or during cross border LoC firing.

Pak Summons Indian Diplomat

Pakistan on Wednesday summoned a senior Indian diplomat to register its protest over the alleged ceasefire violations by the “Indian forces” along the Line of Control (LoC).

The Foreign Office here said that four civilians were injured “due to indiscriminate and unprovoked firing by India” in Jandrot sector on June 9.

The Indian forces along “the LoC and the Working Boundary (WB) have continuously been targeting civilian populated areas with artillery fire, heavy-caliber mortars and automatic weapons,” it said.

The FO claimed that India has so far this year committed 1,296 ceasefire violations, resulting in seven deaths and serious injuries to 98 civilians.

It said that the violations are a threat to the regional peace and security The FO said that India was also urged to allow the United Nations Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP) to play its mandated role as per the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) Resolutions.

India maintains that the UNMOGIP has outlived its utility and is irrelevant after the Simla Agreement and the consequent establishment of the LoC.   (with PTI inputs)

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