Army will respond to LoC killings at right time, India tells Pakistan

Army will respond to LoC killings at right time, India tells Pakistan

A civilian was martyred and two children sustained gunshot wounds when Indian troops resorted to unprovoked shelling on the eve of Kashmir Solidarity Day in two districts of Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK), the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said on Sunday.

There was heavy firing and shelling by Pakistani forces along the LoC in Rajouri's Bhimbher Gali Sector on Sunday evening, Army officials said. The Vice-Chief of the Army Staff Lieutenant-General Sarath Chandra said that the Army would continue to give a befitting reply.

The target was Indian military posts around the LoC, but the shelling also injured a minor girl and another soldier posted at Poonch, NDTV reported.

An official said that Pakistan army fired at Indian positions along the LoC in Shahpur sector of Poonch today morning.

He said the Indian side should permit UN Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan to play its mandated role as per the UN Security Council resolutions.

Captain Kapil Kundu, 22, Havildar Roshan Lal, 42, Riflemen Ramavatar, 27, and Subham Singh, 23, of Jammu & Kashmir's Kathua district were killed in the shelling.

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When the House met again, the state's Parliamentary Affairs Minister Abdul Rehman Veeri made a statement supporting a dialogue between New Delhi and Islamabad to restore everlasting peace in the region.

Elaborating upon the latest cycle of violence, they said it started from December 23 previous year after a Junior Commissioned Officer of the Indian Army was killed in sniper fire from across the LoC.

India and Pakistan have a long history of bitter relations over Kashmir, a Himalayan territory divided between them and claimed by both in its entirety. Indian Army is retaliated strongly.

Each said their forces returned fire only in retaliation. "Pakistan has been violating ceasefire along the LoC".

More than 200 students were taking their classes in the open in Nowshera in the Rajouri district that was worst hit last week when Pakistan troops targeted the area with missiles.

Of the total ceasefire violations, 379 took place in 2017, 233 in 2016 and 222 in 2015.

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