In a blatant violation of the ceasefire, Pakistani troops targeted forward posts and villages along the international border and Line of Control (LOC) in Kathua and Rajouri district in Jammu and Kashmir. The Pakistani action resulted in a strong retaliation from Indian troops.
No casualties were reported in the latest ceasefire violation, officials said.
Notably, three people were injured and an Indian Army jawan was killed a day before in ceasefire violations by Pakistani troops in the districts of Poonch and Rajouri.
A defence spokesperson said, “At about 11.15 am on Sunday, Pakistan initiated unprovoked ceasefire violation by firing with small arms and shelling mortars along the LoC in Nowshera sector of Rajouri. The Indian Army retaliated befittingly”.
In another ceasefire violation, the officials said Pakistani Rangers targeted Satpal, Manyari, Karol Krishna and Gurnam border outpost areas at around 9 pm on Saturday, drawing strong and effective retaliation from the Border Security Force (BSF).
The cross-border firing between the two sides continued till 3:45 am on Sunday but there was no report of any casualty or damage on the Indian side.
Jammu and Kashmir has recorded over 4000 ceasefire violations by Pakistan so far this year, which is the highest in the past decade, compared to a total of 3289 violations in 2019, officials said.
4 JeM terrorists eliminated
Notably, four terrorists of the Jaish-e-Mohammed were eliminated by security forces on Thursday in a fierce gunfight near Jammu and Kashmir’s Nagrota.
The gunfight started at around 4.50 near a toll plaza in the Ban area of Nagrota on the Srinagar-Jammu national highway. A truck was ferrying the terrorists to Kashmir. Police said they had intelligence inputs regarding the same and the truck was checked by policemen at the toll plaza.
Mukesh Singh, inspector general of police (Jammu), had said the terrorists hiding in the truck lobbed grenades on security forces during the checking. A few grenades exploded inside the truck, which eventually caught fire. “Four terrorists were eliminated in the exchange of fire,” he said.
PM Modi hails bravery of security forces
Prime Minister Narendra Modi hailed the security forces for eliminating four terrorists of the Jaish-e-Mohammed group on Thursday.
Notably, PM Modi on Friday held a meeting with Union home minister Amit Shah and National Security Advisor Ajit Doval after a probe revealed that the terrorists were planning something big ahead of local elections in the region.
Intelligence officials and the foreign secretary also attended the meeting. Media reports suggest that the investigation revealed that the terrorists were planning a strike on the anniversary of 26/11 Mumbai attacks.
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