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Indian Army launches counter-offensive after soldier’s beheading

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Army launched a counter offensive against Pakistan along the LoC on Wednesday, a day after three Indian soldiers were killed, with body of one of them being mutilated in a cross-LoC attack. The offensive comes hours after the Indian Army vowed “heavy retribution” to the attack on its soldiers. The firing is underway at the entire Line of Control including areas at Poonch, Rajouri, Kel and Machil, as per NDTV. Heavy mortars and machine guns are being used by the Indian army for this operation.Brigadier, Northern Command, S Gotra said India Army launched a counter offensive along the LoC in retaliation to yesterday’s offensive in Machhil sector of Kashmir. Indian Army posts are responding strongly and giving a befitting reply, Defence PRO Manish Mehta said. After the gruesome attack, the Pakistani Army in Wednesday morning initiated indiscriminate ceasefire violation on Indian Army posts along the Line of Control (LOC ) in Bhimber Gali, Krishna Ghati and Naoshera sector in Jammu and Kashmir. The firing began around 9.00 am to which the Indian Army posts are responding strongly to the attack. Firing is presently underway. India lodged a strong protest with Pakistan against the killing and mutilation when the foreign office in Islamabad summoned deputy high commissioner JP Singh to condemn ‘unprovoked ceasefire violations’. This was the second such incident in two months of an Indian soldier’s body being mutilated. Since the surgical strikes by India on terrorist launch pads along the Line of Control on September 29, there have been over 280 incidents of firing and shelling in Jammu and Kashmir by Pakistani troops, in which 26 people, including 14 security personnel, have been killed. With agency inputs.

Another BSF soldier killed on LoC

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Pakistan army killed another Border Security Force (BSF) peronnel and injured three others when they resorted to heavy firing and shelling in three sectors along the Line of Control (LoC) in Rajouri and Poonch districts of the Pirpanjal valley in Jammu division on Sunday night.Fifteen soldiers have been killed by Pakistan army and Rangers on the LoC and International Border (IB) since Indian Army carried out surgical strikes on the terror launch pads in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir on September 29.Around 12 civilians have also been killed and more than 50 others injured in Pakistani firing and shelling on the civilian areas along the twin borders across the restive Jammu and Kashmir.Pakistan army resorted to heavy firing and shelling in Rajouri sector on Sunday night using high calibre weapons, including 120 mm mortars. One of the shell landed near the Forward Defence Location (FDL) of the BSF injuring four soldiers. Head Constable Rai Singh later succumbed to his wounds.“Last night in ceasefire violation from Pakistan in Rajouri area of LoC, four BSF men were injured in shelling. Head Ct Rai Singh attained martyrdom,” tweeted BSF. Indian Army responded quickly to silence the Pakistani guns which were using heavy calibre weapons to target the Indian forward posts. “Heavy Pakistani firing in the Rajöuri Sector. Four soldiers were injured. Being responded and will be responded to appropriately”, tweeted Northern Command headquarters. On Monday morning Pakistan army shifted the gears and opened another front in Krishna Ghati and Naushera sectors of the twin districts. “Pakistan army initiatied cease fire violation from 8.30 am today morning on Indian army posts along the LoC in Krishna Ghati sector. The Indian army posts responded strongly,” said Lieutenant Colonel Manish Mehta, Defence Spokesman at Jammu.

Pakistan resorts to shelling, firing in 4 sectors along LoC; 2 injured

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Pakistani troops on Monday resorted to shelling and firing on Indian posts in four sectors along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu, Rajouri and Poonch districts of Jammu and Kashmir, in which two persons including a jawan were injured.”There have been unprovoked ceasefire violations by Pakistani Army in Sunderbani and Naushera sectors of Rajouri district and Pallanwala sector of Jammu district,” a defence spokesman said. Pakistani troops used 82mm mortar bombs and automatic weapons on Indian positions from 1440 hours in these sectors, he said. A 67-year-old resident, Mangat Ram, was injured in Pakistani shelling in Khour area in Pallanwala sector, Jammu Deputy Commissioner Simrandeep Singh said.Pakistani troops also resorted firing along LoC in Khadi area of Poonch district, according to reports. One jawan was injured in the firing in Poonch. The defence spokesman said the Indian troops gave “befitting reply” to Pakistani firing. The violations of the ceasefire came after a lull of a few days on the border. On November 12, an army jawan was killed in Pakistani firing in Keran sector of north Kashmir’s Kupwara district.On November 10, another jawan, Satnam Singh, was killed in snipper shots from across the LoC in Machail sector of North Kashmir.On November 8, two army jawans were killed in firing and shelling along LoC in Naushera sector of Rajouri district. On November 6, two army jawans were killed and five others — two soldiers, a BSF officer and two women — were injured as Pakistani army opened fire in an attempt to facilitate two infiltration bids along the LoC in Krishna Ghati and Poonch sectors of Poonch district. The worst-ever Pakistani shelling targeting civil population took place on November 1 when eight persons, including two children and four women, were killed and 22 others injured along the IB and the LoC in five sectors of J&K, forcing Indian troops to give befitting reply by destroying 14 Pakistani posts and killing two of their troopers.The 2003 India-Pakistan ceasefire agreement has virtually become redundant with a whopping 286 incidents of firing and shelling along LoC and IB in Jammu and Kashmir by Pakistani troops that resulted in death of 26 people, including 14 security personnel, since the surgical strike on terrorist launch pads in PoK. There have been 186 ceasefire violations by Pakistani troops along the over 190km International Border (IB) in Jammu frontier, while 104 violations of the agreement took place along the over 500km Line of Control (LoC).

Ceasefire violation: Jawan dies, 4 others injured in Pakistan shelling in Nowshera

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>An army jawan who was injured in Pakistani shelling along the LoC in Nowshera sector of the district succumbed on Wednesday while four others were injured in overnight ceasefire violation. “An army jawan, injured in ceasefire violation by Pakistani troops, died late last night in the hospital,” a senior army official said. Four jawans were also injured in the shelling last evening.Yesterday, an army jawan was killed and two others were injured as Pakistani troops shelled Indian posts and civilian areas along the Line of Control in Nowshera sector of Rajouri district following which three posts of Pakistani army were damaged in retaliatory action by the Army. In another case of ceasefire violation yesterday, Pakistani troops indulged in unprovoked firing in Krishna Ghati sector of Poonch district from around 1345 hours.There have been over 100 ceasefire violations on Indian posts and civilian areas along the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir after the surgical strike. The worst-ever Pakistani shelling took place on November 1 when 8 persons were killed and 24 others injured along the IB and the LoC in five sectors of the state, forcing Indian troops to give befitting reply by destroying 14 Pakistani posts and killing two of their troopers.The state government had closed over 400 schools along the International Border (IB) and the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu region in wake of the ongoing heavy cross-border firing.A total of 20 people, including 12 civilians, have been killed and more than 83 suffered injuries in Pakistani shelling and firing along IB and LoC in Jammu.

J-K: Ceasefire violation by Pakistan in Nowshera sector

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Pakistan has engaged in yet another ceasefire violation on since Tuesday morning in Nowshera sector of Jammu and Kashmir Pakistani troops has on Monday fired mortar shells at Indian posts and civilian areeas in Mendhar sector of Poonch district along the Line of Control (LoC), leading to retaliation from Indian security forces. “Pakistani troops resorted to unprovoked ceasefire violation in Mendhar sector of Poonch district from 0915 hours,” defence spokesman said.He said that they fired 120 mm mortars, 82 mm mortars and automatic weapons targeting Indian posts and civilian areas. Troops guarding the border line gave a befitting reply resulting in exchange which was still going on when reports last came in.On Sunday, two army jawans were killed and five others — two soldiers, a BSF officer and two women — were injured as Pakistani army opened fire in an attempt to facilitate two infiltration bids along the LoC in Krishna Ghati and Poonch sectors of Poonch district.There have been over 100 ceasefire violations on Indian posts and civilian areas along the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir after the surgical strike. The worst-ever Pakistani shelling targeting civil population took place on November 1 when eight persons, including two children and four women, were killed and 22 others injured along the IB and the LoC in five sectors of J&K, forcing Indian troops to give befitting reply by destroying 14 Pakistani posts and killing two of their troopers. The state government had closed over 400 schools along the International Border (IB) and the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu region in wake of the ongoing heavy cross-border firing.A total of 18 people, including 12 civilians, have been killed and more than 83 injured in Pakistani shelling and firing along IB and LoC in Jammu.

Pakistan violates ceasefire along LoC in Poonch, Jammu and Kashmir

Jammu: Pakistani troops on Monday fired mortar shells at Indian posts and civilian areas in Mendhar sector of Poonch district along the Line of Control (LoC), leading to retaliation from Indian security forces.

Representational image. PTI

Representational image. PTI

“Pakistani troops resorted to unprovoked ceasefire violation in Mendhar sector of Poonch district from 0915 hours,” defence spokesman said.

He said that they fired 120 mm mortars, 82 mm mortars and automatic weapons targeting Indian posts and civilian areas.

Troops guarding the border line gave a befitting reply resulting in exchange which was still going on when reports last came in.

On Sunday, two army jawans were killed and five others — two soldiers, a BSF officer and two women — were injured as Pakistani army opened fire in an attempt to facilitate two infiltration bids along the LoC in Krishna Ghati and Poonch sectors of Poonch district.

There have been over 100 ceasefire violations on Indian posts and civilian areas along the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir after the surgical strike.

The worst-ever Pakistani shelling targeting civil population took place on 1 November when eight persons, including two children and four women, were killed and 22 others injured along the IB and the LoC in five sectors of J&K, forcing Indian troops to give befitting reply by destroying 14 Pakistani posts and killing two of their troopers.

The state government had closed over 400 schools along the International Border (IB) and the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu region in wake of the ongoing heavy cross-border firing.

A total of 18 people, including 12 civilians, have been killed and more than 83 injured in Pakistani shelling and firing along IB and LoC in Jammu.

Maharashtra soldier among 2 killed in Pakistan shelling

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Line of Control (LoC) has literally become the Line of Conflict in Jammu and Kashmir. On Sunday, the Pakistan Army resorted to heavy shelling on the Indian forward posts and civilian areas, leaving two soldiers dead and five others, including two women, injured in Poonch and Krishna Ghati sectors of Jammu division.For the second time in the last eight days, a soldier from Maharashtra laid down his life in the line of duty on the LoC. Naik Tukpare Rajendra Narayan of Karve village in Chandbad tehsil of Kolhapur was killed in the Pakistan shelling in Poonch sector. Earlier on October 29, Border Security Force (BSF) constable Koli Nitin Subhash of Sangli, Maharashtra, had died on the LoC in Machil.The second deceased soldier was identified as Sepoy Gursewak Singh of 22-Sikh regiment. Singh hailed from Taran Tarn in Punjab, and was killed while foiling the Pakistan Army-backed infiltration bids in the Krishna Ghati sector.Now, the number of soldiers killed in Pakistan firing and shelling on LoC and International Border (IB) since September 29, when the Indian Army had carried out surgical strikes on terror launch pads in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK), has crossed 10. Nearly 12 civilians have also been killed in Pakistani action since the surgical strikes.The latest provocation started on Saturday night, when the Pakistan Army tried to push in a group of militants into the Indian side from the Krishna Ghati sector. “The alert and vigilant troops observed suspicious movement and challenged the infiltrators. The infiltrators opened fire while trying to sneak back towards PoK,” said Lieutenant Colonel Manish Mehta, defence spokesman in Jammu.

Pakistan violates ceasefire; 2 jawans killed, 3 injured

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Two army jawans were killed and three others — two soldiers and a woman — were injured as Pakistani army opened fire in a bid to facilitate two infiltration bids along the Line of Control (LoC) in Krishna Ghati and Poonch sectors of Poonch district on Sunday.The Indian army said that while the infiltration bids were foiled, it has also inflicted heavy damage to several Pakistani posts across the Line of Control in Poonch sector.”One soldier was killed in Krishna Ghati sector earlier in the day while foiling infiltration bids, another soldier was killed and two others were injured in cross-border firing in the Poonch sector of Poonch district,” a senior army officer said.Two infiltration bids assisted by Pakistan ceasefire violation was foiled in Krishna Ghati sector of Poonch, the officer said. The soldier killed in the Krishna Ghati sector has been identified as Sepoy Gursewak Singh (23) of 22 Sikh Regiment. Singh is a resident of Taran Taran area of Punjab.The injured woman has been identified Saleema Akhtar (28), a resident of Poonch. Akhtar has been admitted to the local hospital in Poonch where her condition is stated to be stable, a police officer said.”The identity of the second soldier killed in Poonch sector and those injured will be shared later after their families are informed,” the officer said. He said that unprovoked ceasefire violation in Poonch sector continued.”Our troops are responding befittingly, there has been heavy damage to Pakistan army posts,” the spokesman said.”The Army foiled two infiltration bids on the intervening night of November 5, 6 along Line of Control (LoC) in Krishna Ghati Sector,” he said.”The infiltrators opened fire while trying to sneak back towards Pakistan-occupied Kashmir side of Line of Control (LoC). In the ensuring firefight with infiltrators Sepoy Gursewak Singh suffered gunshot wound and succumbed to his injuries while being evacuated,” he said.At least four places came under indiscriminate shelling and firing by Pakistani army targeting civil and defence facilities and civilian areas, the officer said.”Unprovoked ceasefire violation by Pakistan army in Poonch sector from 1015 hours using 120 mm mortars, 82 mm mortars and automatic weapons,” the spokesman said. He said the Indian army effectively and appropriately retaliated the fire using same caliber weapons, shelling and firing exchange was still on.

Pak shelling leaves trail of destruction on LoC

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Stepping up their offensive, Pakistan Army shelled a strategic fuel depot of the security forces, leaving a trail of destruction along the Line of Control (LoC) in the Saujian sector of Poonch district in Jammu division.More than 20 shops were razed to ground after massive fire engulfed the Saujian village when Pakistan shells landed in the fuel depot, which is used for supplying oil to the forward posts of the security forces stationed on the Line of Control.”Almost 20 shops and two bikes were gutted in the fire. A car has also suffered some damages in the firing. It is a place where the fuel barrels are kept for their onward movement to the forward posts. The incident happened 48 hours ago when cross border shelling took place in Saujiyan and Shahpur sectors,” Mohammad Harun Malik, district development commissioner of Poonch, told dna.Malik said they are currently assessing the losses caused to the property due to the cross border shelling. “Loss statement has not been made. I had personally gone for the inspection of the affected area of Saujian today.Wooden works and roofs of the shops have been gutted completely but the walls are intact,” he said.Pakistani army has opened few more fronts and extended shelling to newer areas in Mendhar and Sunderbani sectors of the LoC. “Ceasefire violations in Sunderbani and Mendhar sectors are being strongly retaliated by our forces,” said an army officer.Lieutenant Colonel Manish Mehta, defence spokesman at Jammu, said Pakistan started to unprovoked cease fire violations in Krishna Ghati sector from 5 pm on Tuesday using arms, automatics and mortars.”Firing stopped at Krishna Ghati sector 8 pm but intermittently continues in Naushera sector. Firing is being appropriately responded by own troops,” he said.Deputy inspector general of police, Rajouri-Poonch range, Johnny Williams told dna that the authorities have evacuated few civilians from some areas in Naushera sector of LoC following the shelling.”We had to do evacuation in the wake of shelling. Around 50 to 60 people were evacuated. Basically the shelling is from post to post,” he said.Pakistan has also opened another front in Macchal sector by resorting to heavy shelling on Indian forward posts on Wednesday. “Ceasefire Violation in Machhal Sector by Pakistan is being strongly retaliated,” tweeted Northern Command of the Indian army.Hundreds of families have shifted to safer places after Pakistani army intensified the shelling since the Indian army carried out surgical strikes on terror launch pads in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir last week.Meanwhile, police in its continuous and sustained drive against the trouble mongers arrested 76 people involved in various offences of disturbing public order in different parts of the valley

Jammu and Kashmir: Terrorists lob grenade at MLA Bhat’s house

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Kashmir Valley remained in a tense situation as terrorists lobbed a grenade at residence of Shopian MLA Muhammad Yusuf Bhat on Tuesday night. However no injuries to Bhat and his families were reported.In fresh ceasefire violations, Pakistan forces resorted to heavy shelling and firing along LoC in Poonch and Rajouri districts of Jammu and Kashmir last evening.Ceasefire violations were also reported from Pakistani forces in Gigriyal, Channi and Planwala areas of Akhnoor.Pakistani forces simultaneously started unprovoked firing and shelling in civilian areas and forward Indian posts in Krishna Ghati sector of Poonch and Nowshehra sector of Rajouri around 5 PM.Troops guarding the border line retaliated effectively. The heavy intermittent exchange of fire lasted for nearly three hours in Krisnaghati sector, while it was going on in Nowshehra.Meanwhile, the valley remained shut for the 89th consecutive day as life continues to remain paralysed.

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