Guns Roar Along LoC: Pak Jet Spotted Close to LOC

Indian soldiers patrolling near the Line of Control | File Photo

Jammu: A Pakistani fighter jet flew very close to the Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch district on Monday, hours before the troops of the two neighbouring countries traded heavy gunfire and mortar shells, officials said.

“The jet flew close to the LoC in Poonch sector in violation of international conventions which does not allow fighter jets to fly within a 10km radius of the border,” a defence spokesperson said.

The spokesperson said that a jet stream was clearly visible in the sky close to the LoC in Poonch. Recently, a few drones had been spotted near the Line of Control.

Hours after this incident, the Indian and Pakistani troops exchanged heavy fire, including mortar shells along the LoC in the district.

The Pakistan Army violated ceasefire and resorted to heavy firing and mortar shelling targeting forward posts along the LoC in Poonch district, drawing retaliation from Indian troops, officials said.

“At about 1510 hours (3.10 pm) today (Monday), Pak army initiated unprovoked ceasefire violation by firing with small arms & intense shelling with mortars along LoC in Shahpur sector in district Poonch,” a defence spokesperson said.

The Line of Control (LoC) has witnessed heavy and intense firing and shelling in the last few months resulting in several casualties and triggering fear psychosis among the people living along the India-Pakistan border in Jammu and Kashmir.

Two Indian Army jawans — Naik Prem Bahadur Khatri and Rifleman Sukhbir Singh — were killed when the Pakistan Army resorted to heavy firing along the LoC in Sunderbani sector of Jammu and Kashmir’s Rajouri district last week.

On November 26, JCO Subedar Swatantra Singh was killed and a civilian was critically injured in Pakistan shelling along LoC in Kirni and Qasba sectors of Poonch district.

Havaldar Patil Sangram Shivaji was killed on November 21 in Pakistani shelling in Laam sector along LoC in Rajouri distrct while 11 people, including five security personnel were killed after multiple ceasefire violations by Pakistani troops along the LoC in north Kashmir on November 13.

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