An army jawan was injured, when Pakistani troops violated ceasefire and resorted to indiscriminate shelling and firing at forward posts and villages on the Line of Control (LoC) in Gurez and Tangdhar sectors in north Kashmir and Balakote and Mendhar sectors of Poonch district in Jammu on Sunday.
Official sources said that Pak troops resorted to unprovoked shelling and firing, targetting forward posts and civilian areas at Bakhtoor in Gurez, which is surrounded by Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (POK) from three sides on Sunday.
“A soldier, identified as Sandeep Yadav, was injured in the shelling in Gurez in Bandipora. The wounded soldier was immediately taken to a hospital, where his health condition is stated to be stable,” they said.
They said Pakistani troops opened another front in Tanghdar sector in Kupwara, when they resorted to indiscriminate firing and shelling on Sunday. “There was no report of any injury in the sector,” they added. “Pakistan targetted forward posts and villages in Tangdhar sector of north Kashmir’s Kupwara district during the day. The firing and shelling from across the border in Tangdhar sector started around 11 AM,” they said.
In the meanwhile, in Jammu region also, the Pakistan army this evening shelled forward posts and villages along the Line of Control in Poonch district, a defence spokesperson said.
There was no immediate report of any casualty in the Pakistani firing and shelling in Balakot and Mendhar sectors, he said.
“Pakistan initiated unprovoked ceasefire violation by firing with small arms and shelling with mortars along LoC in Balakot and Mendhar sectors around 7 PM, prompting befitting retaliation by the Indian army,” PRO Defence Lt Col Devender Anand said.
The cross-border firing, which started around 6.50 PM between the two sides in Poonch continued till 7.30 PM.
However, there was no immediate report of any casualty in the Pakistani firing and shelling in Balakot and Mendhar sectors.
Khalil Ahmed, a local said, “Pakistani army resorted to heavy mortar shelling this evening in Balakote. I was returning from Mendhar, when all of sudden it started. Shelling created a sense of insecurity among villagers. We were thinking to shift our family to Mendhar but then received a call from one of our relatives that firing had also started in Mendhar. So we preferred to stay inside our homes. Pakistani army lobbed mortars on our villages.”
Police also said that this evening Pakistani army opened unprovoked fire on civilian areas and Indian forward posts along LoC in Mendhar and Balakote area but there was no loss of life.