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Border tensions spike as Pak Army resorts to truce breach

Even before the wounds of Rajouri could heal, Pakistan army again resorted to unprovoked heavy firing on Indian forward posts along the Line of Control (LoC) in the Poonch sector of the Jammu division on Sunday.The ceasefire violation came a day after tension gripped the LoC when Pakistan army resorted to unprovoked firing in the Keri battalion area of Rajouri sector leaving four Indian army soldiers, including a Major from Maharashtra, dead and another injured.Deputy Commissioner of Poonch Tariq Ahmad Zargar told DNA that the cross-border firing started at 12.30 pm on Sunday at Shahpur sector of the Poonch district and there was no loss of life or the property.”It started at about 12.30 pm. There was no report of loss of any life and property. The cross-border firing continued for more than an hour”, said Zargar.Sources said soon after Pakistan opened fire, the Indian troops swung into action and retaliated in kind to silence the Pakistani guns. The exchange of fire between the two sides continued for some time before it stopped.Seemingly fearing flare up, the authorities has put all emergency departments on alert to meet exigency.”We are always in the state of alert. You never know when ceasefire violation takes place. So we keep our medical and other teams ready”, said Zargar.Meanwhile, rich tributes were paid to the four soldiers who laid down their lives in the line of duty in Rajouri sector of LoC on Saturday. Major Moharkar Prafulla Ambadas, Lance Naik Gurmail Singh, Lance Naik Kuldeep Singh and Sepoy Pargat Singh were grievously injured in the cease fire violation and succumbed later on Saturday.Indian army has vowed to avenge the killing of four brave hearts by Pakistani forces at the place and time of their chosing. “The nation will remain ever indebted of the supreme sacrifice of our heroes. Army shall retaliate this dastardly act at a place and choice of our choosing”, tweeted Nagrota based White Knight Corps of the Indian army.Jammu and Kashmir Deputy Chief Minister Dr Nirmal Singh said the sacrifices rendered by valiant army officers and soldiers would be remembered for ever. “It will be recorded in the annals of history, so that the young generation get the requisite inspiration to serve the cause of nation”, he saidFigures presented in the Lok Sabha revealed that Pakistan has violated the ceasefire along the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir 771 times till December 10 this year, and 110 times along the International Border till November-end. Around 30 people including 14 army personnel, 12 civilians and four BSF personnel were killed in these ceasefire violations this year.Last year there were 449 incidents of ceasefire violations in which 13 civilians and 13 security personnel were killed and 83 civilians and 99 security personnel were injured. The truce between India and Pakistan along the International Border, the Line of Control and the Actual Ground Position Line in Siachen glacier came into force in November 2003.

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Snowfall in Kashmir: Valley cut off from rest of India, 3 Army jawans missing after avalanche

The Kashmir valley was cut off from the rest of the country on Tuesday due to snowfall and rain. Flight operations at the Srinagar airport were suspended and the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway and Mughal road were closed for traffic.The present weather conditions in Jammu and Kashmir are likely to continue till Thursday due to a western disturbance over the state, the meteorological (MeT) office said.Three army jawans went missing at Mani Post Bagtoor Gurez sector of Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir’s Bandipora district due to snow avalanche.Also readThree Army jawans missing after avalanche in KashmirThe 300-km long Jammu-Srinagar National Highway, the only all-weather road linking Kashmir with the rest of the country, was closed following heavy rains and snowfall at several places, including the Jawahar Tunnel, and incidents of shooting stones near Panthal.In Jammu, the Mughal road, connecting Poonch and Rajouri with south Kashmir’s Shopian district, was also closed after heavy snowfall in Pir Ki Gali.Also readSnowfall brings cheer to Kashmir”The highway and the Mughal road are closed for the second day today. The highway was closed due to heavy snowfall at the Jawahar Tunnel, the Patnitop and Ramban areas and landslides at Pathiyal. There has been heavy snowfall in Pir Ki Gali and other areas en route Mughal road,” police officials said.The Srinagar-Kargil, Bandipora-Gurez, Kupwara-Macchil, Kupwara-Keran and Kupwara-Karnah roads were also closed, police officials said.In Jammu, there was very heavy snowfall in the hill regions of Doda, Kishtwar, Ramban, Kathua, Rajouri, Reasi and Poonch districts, due to which some inter-district and inter- state roads were closed.In the state’s summer capital, flight services to and fro from the Srinagar International Airport were hit due to poor visibility caused by the heavy snowfall, airport authorities said.Director, Srinagar airport, Sharad Kumar said, “Air traffic to and fro from the airport has been suspended due to low visibility. There has been no improvement in the visibility around the airport so far.””We are monitoring the situation. If visibility improves, we will resume flight operations,” he said.However, in Gulmarg, the coldest in Jammu and Kashmir at minus 6.5 degrees Celsius, the spell of snowfall brightened prospects for winter sports as nearly four feet of snow accumulated at the ski resort.Srinagar, which is experiencing intermittent rains since morning, received snowfall till 10 am, while heavy snowfall was recorded in Sonamarg and Baltal, base camps of the annual Amarnath Yatra in central Kashmir, the MeT office said.Moderate snowfall was reported from across south Kashmir, including Pahalgam, a tourist resort, where seven inches of snow has accumulated so far, it said, adding 3.5 feet of snow accumulated at Sonamarg.Kargil in Kashmir recorded minus 3 degrees Celsius, Leh minus 1.4 degrees Celsius, Kokernag minus 0.6 degrees Celsius, Srinagar minus 0.2 degrees.The MeT has forecast more snow and rain in the valley over the next few days.

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Line of Control becomes Line of Learning in Kashmir

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Winds of Change seem to be blowing on the sensitive Line of Control (LoC) with the last point on the Indo-Pak border in the Uri sector becoming the Line of Learning for the students on educational tours.As a part of education tour, the Indian army organized an excursion for 55 students of Army Goodwill School Uri and Aseem-Goodwill Computer Centre at Kamalkot to Kamaan Aman Setu– the last point on Indian side on the LoC –in Uri sector of North Kashmir a few days ago.During the visit, the students were made aware of the commercial and strategic significance of the Kaman Aman Setu. “The students also witnessed the trade services between India and Pakistan. They also visited Kaman Transit point, Cafe Kaman and the Currency Changing Point”, said an army spokesman.Officer – In – Charge of Kaman Aman Setu briefed the students about the importance of the Kaman Bridge; inter-country trade service and cross LoC bus service between Srinagar and Muzaffarabad. He also briefed them about the procedure of immigration and various facilities available at Kaman Transit Point.“All visitors displayed a keen interest in understanding the significance of the bridge and the excitement among the students was evident. Students expressed their gratitude to the Army for providing this opportunity”, said the spokesman.The strategically important bridge on the Kaman post connects North Kashmir to Pakistan Occupied Kashmir. The bridge was refurbished in 2005 when India and Pakistan decided to start the cross LoC Karwan-e-Aman bus, which plies every Monday in the valley.Touted as one the biggest Confidence Building Measures, the cross LoC peace bus enabled reuniting the divided families living on both sides of the Line of Control. A year later another cross LoC route connecting Poonch in Jammu to Rawlakote road in PoK.Three years later the cross LoC trade started in October 2008 when Jammu and Kashmir was up in arms over Amarnath land row. There are two cross LoC routes — Srinagar-Muzaffarabad, Poonch-Rawalakote — that are being used to ferry goods between Jammu and Kashmir and PoK.

SHRC asks J&K govt to conduct DNA tests of unmarked graves

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a significant development, Jammu and Kashmir State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) upheld earlier orders directing the state to investigate and conduct the DNA test of the bodies in over 2,000 unmarked graves in Rajouri and Poonch districts of the Jammu division.Replying to Association of Parent of Disappeared Persons (APDP)’s petition, SHRC chairman Justice (retd) Bilal Nazki said as the government has accepted that there are 2,080 unidentified graves in Poonch and Rajouri districts, the Commission has no hesitation to issue the same directions which were already issued in the earlier cases.”The Home Department has already accepted there are 1,486 graves in Poonch which are unidentified and unmarked. And in Rajouri, it is admitted that there are 594 such graves. Apart from this, there are 1,351 other graves which are marked and identified,” said Justice Nazki.APDP in its petition had pleaded that thousands of the people were missing from Kashmir and they apprehended that these missing persons had been killed during the operations and buried in the graves without even identifying the bodies.The SHRC directed the government for a comprehensive forensic examination, including DNA testing into all these graves in tune with the earlier orders passed in 2011.”The DNA profile sampling techniques shall be supplemented by the present day modern scientific techniques, and methods facilitating and ensuring matching of the unidentified dead bodies in unmarked graves,” the SHRC said.Tahira Begum, spokesperson of APDP said the order is in line with the SHRC’s 2011 judgment in which the Commission had found that in the 38 graveyards, which they have investigated, have documented 2730 graves, out of which 2156 graves are still unidentified graves, and 574 persons were later after being buried as foreign militants, identified as local residents of Jammu and Kashmir.”Since 2011, instead of complying with the directions and recommendation of SHRC for investigation into all the unmarked graves, the government continued to avoid undertaking any such investigations on the pretext that the investigation would lead to a law and order problem in J&K and also argued government’s inability in terms of expertise and infrastructure for such investigation”, she said.Tahira said the families of disappeared amid constant agony and distress have continuously been struggling for knowing the truth behind enforced disappearances in Jammu and Kashmir.”APDP today reiterates that unlike past, the government of India, must initiate a comprehensive investigation into all the unknown, unmarked and mass graves discovered across Jammu and Kashmir, to ascertain the truth behind the enforced disappearance of more than 8000 people of Jammu and Kashmir”, she said.UNNAMED GRAVESHome Department said there are 1,486 unmarked, unidentified graves in Poonch district.
The number of such graves in Rajouri is 594 according to data.
Apart from this, there are 1,351 other such graves in the nearby area.

BSF jawan killed in Pakistan’s cross-border firing in J&K’s Samba

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A BSF constable was killed in a cross-border firing by Pakistan on Thursday.The Pakistan Rangers started firing indiscriminately at the patrol party across the International Border in Jammu and Kashmir’s Samba district in morning around 9:30 am.“BSF carried out calibrated retributive action against Pak Rangers in Samba Sector and caused serious damage to 2-3 Pak Posts and caused grievous injuries to minimum two Pak Rangers,” the official statement said.Constable Tapan Mondal suffered serious injuries in the firing and later died.On October 31, Pakistani troops violated the ceasefire by firing from small arms along the Line of Control (LoC) in Karmara belt of Jammu and Kashmir’s Poonch district, resulting in injuries to a girl.There was another incident on October 26, when Pakistani troops fired at Sher Shakti and Mandhar areas of Kerni sector but there was no casualty.On October 18, eight civilians, including a two-year-old child, were injured in heavy Pakistani shelling.(With PTI inputs)

Pak Army returns Indian woman who crossed over LoC in ‘act of goodwill’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Pakistan Army on Tuesdday handed over an Indian woman, who had inadvertently crossed into the country through the Line of Control, to the Indian security forces.The Army, in a statement, said the woman was handed over to the Indian security forces in Kashmir in a goodwill gesture and in continuation of its efforts to maintain peace and tranquillity along the LoC.The woman, Azmat Jan, who hails from Kashmir inadvertently crossed over the LoC at Chirikot Sector, the Army said.However, it was not clear when she crossed the border.She has been returned to Kashmir at Rawala-Poonch crossing point on humanitarian grounds, it said.Civil and military officials of both the sides were present on the occasion, the statement said.

Bhamre lauds soldiers for foiling fidayeen attack

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Amid escalating border tensions, minister of state for defence Dr Subhash Bhamre visited the Line of Control (LoC) in Rajouri and Poonch sectors, and appreciated the efforts of the troops in foiling the nefarious designs of inimical forces.”The Honourable Rakshya Rajya Mantri (RRM) commended the alertness of all the troops deployed along the LOC and appreciated their efforts in foiling the nefarious designs of inimical forces. He stressed upon the need to maintain a high degree of vigil,” said Colonel NN Joshi, defence spokesman at Northern Command Headquarters in Udhampur.The visit comes a day after Pakistan army provoked India and killed a 35-year-old army soldier in a snipping attack on the LOC in the Krishna Ghati (KG) sector of Poonch district. The visit also comes two days after the Pakistan army shelled civilians areas on the LOC, leaving two civilians including a 10-year-old boy dead and 12 others injured, four of them critical, in the Poonch district of Jammu division.Colonel Joshi said during the RRM’s visit to various forward areas along the LOC, he was briefed on the security dynamics. “He (Dr Subhash Bhamre) appreciated the efforts being put in by the soldiers in safeguarding the borders in difficult conditions and hostile terrain. He assured the soldiers that their interests are of paramount importance in the heart of the entire nation and the government is sensitive to all the issues pertaining to them,” he said.Meanwhile, Pakistan army again resorted to unprovoked firing and shelling on Indian forward positions along the LoC in Poonch sector on Wednesday morning. “Pakistan Army initiated unprovoked and indiscriminate firing of small arms, automatics and mortars from 8.45 am in Poonch sector. Indian army is retaliating strongly and effectively”, said Colonel Joshi.

J&K: Army major killed, three others hurt in car mishap

Updated: Oct 4, 2017, 05:22 PM IST, PTI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>An Army Major was killed and three other officers, including a colonel, were injured when the car they were travelling in skidded off the Jammu-Poonch highway here today, police said.Their car hit a tree around 03.30 am today at the Thati- Gharota area in Jammu district, they said.An officer identified as Major Ashish died on the spot and a colonel and two other majors were injured and have been hospitalised, police said.Police has registered a case.

Two killed, 5 injured as Pakistan violates ceasefire in Poonch

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 10-year-old boy and a girl were killed and five other civilians injured on Monday morning as Pakistani troops targeted border villages and forward posts along the Line of Control (LoC) in Kerniand Digwar sectors of Poonch in J&K.The Pakistani troops resorted to firing mortal shells. Indian troops too fired in retaliation. The exchange of fire between the two sides was continuing when last reports came in.The deceased boy has been identified as Arrar Ahmad of Karni sector.The official said the heavy cross-border firing started around 06:50 hours, triggering panic among border residents.Yashir Hussain and Mohd Sadiq are among those injured.The injured civilians have been rushed to a hospital. On September 15, one Border Security Force (BSF) jawan was killed.On September 24, two soldiers were injured as Pakistan opened fire at forward posts along the Line of Control (LoC) in Balakote sector of Poonch district.

2 BSF jawans among 5 injured in Pak shelling along LoC

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Five pople, including two BSF jawans, were injured in firing and shelling by Pakistani troops in violation of ceasefire along the International Border (IB) and the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Poonch districts of Jammu and Kashmir, prompting forces here to retaliate.The Pakistan Rangers today resorted to small arms firing on Brahman Bella and Raipur Border out Posts (BoPs) along the IB in Pargwal sector of Akhnoor belt in Jammu district from 1515 hours today, a police officer said.They fired mortar shells along the IB, forcing the BSF to retaliate, resulting in exchange of fire, he said, adding that so far, there is no loss of life or injury to any one.In another incident of cease fire violation, Pakistan Army resorted to firing and shelling on Indian posts along the LoC in Mankote, Sabjian and Digwar forward areas in Poonch since 1500 hours, another police officer said.Three civilians and two BSF Jawans suffered injuries, he said, adding that heavy exchange of fire were taking place.This is fourth ceasefire violation in past five days.Earlier, on September 1, an Assistant Sub Inspector (ASI) of the Border Security Force, Kamaljit Singh, sustained bullet injuries due to enemy fire from across the LoC while he was deployed at a forward post in Krishna Ghati Sector in Poonch.He later succumbed to his injuries.Incidents of ceasefire violation by Pakistan have increased this year.Till August 1, there were 285 such violations by the Pakistan Army, while in 2016, it 228 for the entire year, according to the Army figures.

J&K: At least one jawan martyred in terrorist attack on security personnel at Pantha Chowk

Updated: Sep 1, 2017, 09:03 PM IST, ANI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>At least four police personnel have been injured and one lost his life, after terrorists attacked a bus of security personnel at Pantha Chowk area on the outskirts of Srinagar in Jammu and Kashmir on Friday. Earlier today, an Assistant Sub-Inspector of BSF lost his life in ceasefire violation by Pakistan in Jammu and Kashmir’s Poonch district. Lashkar-e-Taiba is More details are awaited.

India, Pak armies meet at LoC, give peace another chance

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Winds of peace seem to be blowing again on the Line of Control (LoC) after Indian and Pakistani armies decided to uphold the border ceasefire in letter and spirit.The decision to uphold the ceasefire was taken in a Battalion Commander Level Flag Meeting at Chakan–Da–Bagh in Poonch Sector on Wednesday.The meeting was held against the backdrop of firing and shelling by Pakistan army on Indian posts and civilian areas that has left several Indian soldiers and villagers dead in the Poonch and Rajouri districts of Pir Panjal region of Jammu division.”The Indian delegation highlighted abetment and support of Pakistan Army, to cross border terrorism, sniping actions on Line of Control and deliberate targeting of civil population during cease fire violations. The resumption of trade and transit through Chakan-Da-Bagh was also discussed during the Flag Meeting,” said Lieutenant Colonel Manish Mehta, defence spokesman at Jammu.Lieutenant Colonel Mehta said the meeting, which was held in a cordial atmosphere, lasted for 50 minutes. “Both sides mutually agreed to the importance of exercising restraint on the Line of Control and keeping the channels of communication open between local commanders. Both sides also agreed for necessity to institute mechanisms to ensure durable peace and tranquility along the Line of Control,” he said.Official figures reveal there were 285 violations recorded this year by the Pakistani Army till August 1 this year. Around 228 such incidents of ceasefire violations were reported along the LoC in 2016. Last year 221 incidents of ceasefire violations were also reported from the International border.Official figures reveal that around 405 incidents of cross-border firing have taken place along the Indo-Pak border in J&K in 2015. Of this 253 incidents have taken place along the International Border and 152 incidents along the Line of Control.

J-K: Battalion Commander level meeting held in Poonch’s Chakan-da-Bagh

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> In the backdrop of numerous ceasefire violations and civilian casualties, Indian and Pakistan Army on Wednesday held a Battalion Commander Level Flag Meeting at Chakan-da-Bagh in Poonch Sector of Jammu and Kashmir. The Indian delegation highlighted abetment and support of Pakistan Army, to cross border terrorism, sniping actions on the Line of Control (LoC) and deliberate targeting of civil population during the ceasefire violations. The resumption of trade and transit through Chakan-da-Bagh was also discussed by both the sides. In the meeting, which lasted for nearly 50 minutes, both the sides mutually agreed to the importance of exercising restraint on the LoC and keep the channels of communication open between the local commanders. The ceasefire violations from Pakistan?s side along the LoC have risen in the past several months. 285 such incidents have been reported this year as compared to 228 in 2016.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

116 PoK residents stranded in Jammu come back home

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> A total of 116 stranded residents of the Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir (PoK) returned home as the cross-Line of Control (LoC) bus service operating between Srinagar and Muzaffarabad resumed. The residents, who were stranded in Jammu for over a month after the Poonch-Rawalkote bus service was suspended, were sent back to their home through the border town of Uri in J-K’s Baramulla district The PoK passengers left in several buses through the Mughal Road, the alternate link between Kashmir and the rest of the country. Earlier, the bus service was stopped due to heavy shelling from the Pakistani troops along the LoC.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Jawan, father two injured in ceasefire violation by Pak

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>An Army jawan and his father were injured along the Line of Control (LoC) in the Nowshera sector of Rajouri district as the Pakistan Army violated ceasefire for the sixth consecutive day today. There was a ceasefire violation by the Pakistan Army in the Nowshera sector today in which two persons – a jawan and his father – sustained minor splinter injuries, Army officials said. There were also reports of brief small arms firing along the LoC in Poonch sector today, a police official said. There have been several ceasefire violations by Pakistani forces along the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir in the last six days, beginning from August 12, when a jawan and a woman were killed, officials said. On August 13, the Pakistan Army violated ceasefire four times by resorting to firing and shelling in Krishnagati, Mankote (Poonch district) Nowshera (Rajouri district) and Uri (Baramulla district) resulting in injuries to three jawans. On August 14, there was firing by Pak Army on the forward areas along the LoC in the Tangdhar belt of Kupwara district of north Kashmir. The next day, on August 15, a woman was injured in firing and shelling along the LoC in the Uri sector of Baramulla district in north Kashmir. Yesterday, the Pakistan army violated ceasefire by firing and shelling in civilian areas and forward posts at six places along the LoC in Poonch district, forcing the Indian Army to retaliate. The year, 2017, has seen a sharp increase in ceasefire violations at the LoC by Pakistan. Till August 1, there have been 285 such violations by the Pakistan Army while in 2016, the number was significantly less, 228, for the entire year.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Pakistan violates ceasefire, shells areas in Poonch

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Pakistan today violated the ceasefire by shelling forward posts and civilian areas along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir’s Poonch district, drawing retaliation from the Indian Army. This is the fourth consecutive day that Pakistani troops have violated the ceasefire along the LoC. “Pakistan Army initiated unprovoked and indiscriminate firing of small arms, automatics and mortars from 0534 hours in Poonch sector along the Line of Control (LoC),” a defence spokesman said. “Indian Army retaliating strongly and effectively”, he added. Pakistan violated the ceasefire 4 times on August 13 by firing and shelling in Krishnagati, Nowshera and Mankote, resulting in injuries to three jawans. On July 12, Pakistani troops heavily fired on forward posts and civilian areas in Krishnagati and Poonch sectors in which a Junior Commissioned Officer (JCO) and a woman were killed. A Pakistani Army shells exploded near a house killing 40-year-old Raqia Bi of Gohlad Kalran on August 12. Naib Subedar Jagram Singh Tomar was also killed in Pakistani firing in Krishnagati sector on August 12. On August 8, Pakistani troops shelled Krishnagati sector of Poonch district, in which Sepoy Pawan Singh Sugra was grievously injured and later succumbed to injuries. On August 7, an Army jawan was injured in a ceasefire violation by Pakistani troops along the LoC in Uri sector of Baramulla district. On August 6, Pakistani troops violated the ceasefire by firing at Indian posts along the LoC in Baba Khori area of Rajouri district of Jammu and Kashmir. 2017 has seen a sharp increase in ceasefire violations by Pakistan.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Pak troops violate ceasefire, shell LoC areas in Poonch

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Pakistan today resorted to firing and shelling on forward posts and civilian areas along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir’s Poonch district, prompting the Indian army to give a befitting response. “Pakistan Army initiated unprovoked and indiscriminate firing of small arms, automatics and mortars from 0534 hours today in Poonch sector along the Line of Control (LoC),” a defence spokesman said. “Indian Army retaliating strongly and effectively”, he added. There had been reports of firing and shelling in Mankote sub-sector of Poonch too. It may be recalled that Pakistan violated ceasefire 4 times on August 13 by resorting to firing and shelling in Krishnagati, Nowshera, Mankote and north Kashmir, resulting in injuries to three Jawans. On July 12, Pakistan troops had heavily fired on forward posts and civilian areas in Krishnagati and Poonch sectors in which a Junior Commissioned Officer (JCO) and a woman were killed. Pak army’s shells exploded near a house killing 40-year-old Raqia Bi of Gohlad Kalran on August 12. Naib Subedar Jagram Singh Tomar was also killed in Pak firing in Krishnagati sector on August 12. On August 8, Pakistan troops resorted to firing and shelling in Krishnagati sector of Poonch district, in which Sepoy Pawan Singh Sugra was grievously injured and later succumbed to his injuries. On August 7, an Army jawan was injured in a ceasefire violation by Pakistani troops along the Line of Control (LoC) in the Uri sector of Baramulla district. On August 6, the Pakistani troops violated the ceasefire by firing at Indian posts along the Line of Control (LoC) in Baba Khori area of Rajouri district of Jammu and Kashmir. Prior to that, on July 30, Pakistani forces had resorted to firing from light weapons and medium machine guns in the Baba Khori belt of Naushera sector. 2017 has also seen a sharp increase in ceasefire violations at the LoC by Pakistan. Till August 1, there had been 285 such violations by the Pakistan Army while in 2016, the number was significantly less at 228 for the entire year, the figures said adding that last year, eight Army personnel were killed in the ceasefire violations. Eleven people including nine soldiers, were killed and 18 injured in ceasefire violations by Pakistan army in the month of July. There were 83 ceasefire violations, one BAT attack and two infiltration bids from the Pakistani side in June in which 4 people, including 3 jawans, were killed and 12 injured. In May, there were 79 ceasefire violations, according to officials.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Pak troops violate ceasefire, shells LoC areas in Poonch

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Pakistan today resorted to firing and shelling on forward posts and civilian areas along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir’s Poonch district, prompting the Indian army to give a befitting response. “Pakistan Army initiated unprovoked and indiscriminate firing of small arms, automatics and mortars from 0534 hours today in Poonch sector along the Line of Control (LoC),” a defence spokesman said. “Indian Army retaliating strongly and effectively”, he added. There had been reports of firing and shelling in Mankote sub-sector of Poonch too. It may be recalled that Pakistan violated ceasefire 4 times on August 13 by resorting to firing and shelling in Krishnagati, Nowshera, Mankote and north Kashmir, resulting in injuries to three Jawans. On July 12, Pakistan troops had heavily fired on forward posts and civilian areas in Krishnagati and Poonch sectors in which a Junior Commissioned Officer (JCO) and a woman were killed. Pak army’s shells exploded near a house killing 40-year-old Raqia Bi of Gohlad Kalran on August 12. Naib Subedar Jagram Singh Tomar was also killed in Pak firing in Krishnagati sector on August 12. On August 8, Pakistan troops resorted to firing and shelling in Krishnagati sector of Poonch district, in which Sepoy Pawan Singh Sugra was grievously injured and later succumbed to his injuries. On August 7, an Army jawan was injured in a ceasefire violation by Pakistani troops along the Line of Control (LoC) in the Uri sector of Baramulla district. On August 6, the Pakistani troops violated the ceasefire by firing at Indian posts along the Line of Control (LoC) in Baba Khori area of Rajouri district of Jammu and Kashmir. Prior to that, on July 30, Pakistani forces had resorted to firing from light weapons and medium machine guns in the Baba Khori belt of Naushera sector. 2017 has also seen a sharp increase in ceasefire violations at the LoC by Pakistan. Till August 1, there had been 285 such violations by the Pakistan Army while in 2016, the number was significantly less at 228 for the entire year, the figures said adding that last year, eight Army personnel were killed in the ceasefire violations. Eleven people including nine soldiers, were killed and 18 injured in ceasefire violations by Pakistan army in the month of July. There were 83 ceasefire violations, one BAT attack and two infiltration bids from the Pakistani side in June in which 4 people, including 3 jawans, were killed and 12 injured. In May, there were 79 ceasefire violations, according to officials.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Pakistan violates ceasefire in J-K’s Poonch, Indian Army retaliates

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Pakistani troops violated the ceasefire along the Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch Sector of Jammu and Kashmir in the wee hours of Wednesday. It is reported that the Pakistani Army initiated unprovoked and indiscriminate firing of small arms, automatics and mortars from 05:34 hours in the region. The Indian Army is retaliating strongly and effectively. Further details are awaited. Yesterday, Pakistan violated the ceasefire in Baaz and Nambla areas of Uri Sector in Baramulla District of the state. Earlier on August 13, the Pakistani troops violated the ceasefire four times along the LoC in Poonch, Rajouri and Baramulla districts, injuring three Army jawans. Last Saturday, a junior commissioned officer (JCO) of the Indian Army and a civilian woman were killed in separate cases of ceasefire violation by Pakistan in Poonch.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

4 ceasefire violations by Pak in J&K; 3 jawans injured

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Pakistani troops violated the ceasefire four times along the Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch, Rajouri and Baramulla districts of Jammu and Kashmir today, injuring three Army jawans, officials said. According to Army sources, the Pakistani troops opened indiscriminate fire at Indian positions at Baaz Post in Uri in Baramulla district at around 4 pm. Three soldiers suffered bullet injuries in the firing and were admitted to the 92 Base Hospital of the Army in Srinagar, they said. Pakistani troops also violated the ceasefire agreement thrice in Rajouri and Poonch districts. However, there was no casualty in these violations. “Pakistani Army has resorted to firing and shelling along the LoC in Nowshera sector of Rajouri district,” a senior district official told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Pakistan violates ceasefire again

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Violating the ceasefire again, Pakistani troops today fired from small arms along the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir’s Poonch district. This is third ceasefire violations along the LoC in Poonch district in the past over 24 hours. “There was a brief ceasefire violation by Pakistani troops along the LoC in Mankote sector of Poonch district early this morning”, a police officer said today. There was no loss of life or injury to anyone in the firing. Yesterday, Junior Commissioned Officer (JCO) Naib Sudebar Jagram Singh Tomar and a woman identified as Raqia Bi were killed as Pakistani troops violated the ceasefire twice along the Line of Control (LoC) and shelled forward posts and villages in Poonch sector. On August 8, Sepoy Pawan Singh Sugra (21) lost his life in unprovoked Pakistani firing. Till August 1 this year, there have been 285 instances of ceasefire violation by Pakistani forces. In 2016, the number was significantly less at 228.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Woman killed in ceasefire violation by Pak army in Poonch

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 40-year-old woman was killed in firing by the Pakistani army at border villages and Indian posts along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir’s Poonch district today, officials said. “The Pakistani army initiated unprovoked and indiscriminate firing of small arms, automatic weapons and mortars from 0515 hours in Poonch sector along the LoC,” a defence spokesman said. Indian Army personnel guarding the border posts retaliated strongly and effectively. The exchange of fire stopped at 0645 hours, he said. Around 0520 hours, mortar shells fired from across the border exploded near the house of Mohd. Shabir at Gohlad Kalran village, killing his wife Raqia Bi, a police officer said. On August 8, the Pakistani troops resorted to firing and shelling in the Krishnagati sector of Poonch district, killing Sepoy Pawan Singh Sugra (21). Till August 1 this year, there have been 285 instances of ceasefire violation by the Pakistani forces. In 2016, the number was significantly less at 228.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Cross-LoC bus services remain suspended for 4th week

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Cross-LoC bus services on the Poonch-Rawalakot road between Jammu and Kashmir and Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) remained suspended for the fourth consecutive week in the wake of ceasefire violations by Pakistan that have led to border tensions, an official said today. A total of 116 PoK residents, who travelled on the Paigam-e-Aman bus service to visit their relatives in the state, have been held up here for the three weeks. “The cross-LoC bus service remained suspended for the fourth week today,” Custodian LoC Trade Poonch, Mohammad Tanveer, told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

J&K: School severely damaged by heavy shelling by Pakistan

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Bearing the brunt of the heavy shelling and ceasefire violation by the Pakistani troops, a school premise was heavily damaged here. Faquir Dara School in Karmara sector of Poonch district was heavily damaged due to continuous ceasefire violation and shelling from the Pakistani side. The school walls bore bullet marks, while many parts of it were broken down due to shelling. Earlier on Wednesday, owing to the ceasefire violation along the Line of Control (LoC), around 25 schools were asked to remain closed in the affected areas. The development commissioner of the state’s Poonch district had told ANI, “There was heavy firing at Poonch’s Shahpur.? ?The firing at the Line of Control (LoC) has gained intensity. To ensure the safety of the citizens, around 25 schools in the areas affected by firing, would remain closed. Around 12-13 of them are in Balakote sector,? he added. The commissioner said the situation in the district was being assessed and more schools are likely to be shut till the situation in the border area comes under control, adding that evacuation plans were also being prepared by the administration. “We have also prepared an evacuation plan, under which shelter arrangements have been made for people. They would be given food and security. We have also arranged for ambulances near the danger zones”, he said. The district commissioner appealed the public to not touch unknown objects, as there are reports of unexploded shells being in the city. On Tuesday, around 50 children were trapped inside two government schools due to ceasefire violation by Pakistan Army in the state’s Nowshera sector along the LoC. The Indian Army rescued 12 students of primary schools.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Pak violates ceasefire again; soldier killed, civilian wounded in Poonch-Rajouri belt

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A Junior Commissioned Officer (JCO) injured in Pakistani firing died today while a civilian was wounded in fresh ceasefire violations along the LoC in the Poonch-Rajouri belt of Jammu and Kashmir.Pakistani troops also violated ceasefire along the Line of Control in Nowgam sector for second consecutive day and in Uri sector as well, but there has been no casualty in these incidents, army officials said.The officials said the Indian Army is retaliating to the Pakistani aggression in equal measure.”Pakistan Army initiated unprovoked and indiscriminate firing by small arms, automatics and mortars from 11:45 hours in Poonch sector along the Line of Control (LoC),” a defence spokesman said.”JCO Subedar Shashi Kumar, who was grievously injured during the unprovoked ceasefire violation by Pakistan in Naushera yesterday and was being administered treatment at Command Hospital Udhampur, succumbed to his injuries,” a defence spokesman said.The soldier was a native of Galon village in Hamirpur district of Himachal Pradesh. He is survived by his wife and children. “His mortal remains are being sent to his native village,” the spokesman added.Earlier in the day, the Pakistan army resorted to unprovoked firing on the Indian posts in Naushera sector in Bhimbher Gali around 08:45 hours.Reports suggested Pakistan has resorted to heavy shelling in Balakote, Dhar, Lambibari, Rajdhani, Mankote, Sandote, Shahpur, Rawalakote, Gulpur in Rajouri and Poonch districts since this morning.A civilian has been injured in the shelling in Sandote hamlet along the LoC and is hospitalised, police said.During the past 24 hours, Pakistan violated ceasefire eight times — in Balakote, Poonch, Naushera, Bhimbher Gali, Nowgam sectors.Ten people, including eight soldiers, have been killed and 18 people injured in over a dozen ceasefire violations by Pakistan this month.Yesterday, the neighbouring country violated ceasefire five times, pounding villages and forward posts with mortar bombs along the LoC. Two jawans were killed and six people, including three civilians, injured.Over 8,000 people, including 3,000 in Naushera and 5,000 in Manjakote-Rajdhani-Panjgrain-Naika, have been affected by the shelling in the past two days.

Two Army men killed in Pak shelling; Indian troops kill

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Two Indian Army jawans were killed and another was injured as Pakistani troops pounded several places, including civilian areas, in Jammu and Kashmir along the Line of Control (LoC) today, officials said. Terrorists also made a bid to infiltrate into Kashmir from Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) via the Gurez sector which was foiled by the Indian troops who killed one of the infiltrators, the officials said. The Pakistani troops targeted several areas of Rajouri, Poonch and Kupwara districts of J&K along the LoC, they said, adding the Indian troops retaliated. The Pakistani shelling put lives of hundreds of school students at risk in Rajouri district. The authorities rescued 217 students who were trapped in three schools in Kadali and Seha areas of Rajouri near the LoC till, according to Deputy Commissioner of Rajouri Shahid Iqbal Choudhary. An Army Sepoy Jaspreet Singh was killed in the Pakistani shelling in Naushera sector in Rajouri district, a defence spokesman said. The 24-year-old jawan hailed from Talwandi in Moga district of Punjab and leaves behind his parents, he added. “Pakistan Army initiated unprovoked firing on Indian Army posts in Naushera sector in Rajouri at around 1350 hours today. Indian Army retaliated strongly and effectively,” the defence spokesman said. In the exchange of fire, Sepoy Jaspreet Singh was grievously injured and succumbed to his injuries, he said. “The nation will always remain indebted to him for the supreme sacrifice and devotion to duty,” he said. Earlier day, Pakistan Army resorted to unprovoked and indiscriminate firing of small arms, automatics and mortars from 0645 hours in Bhimbher Gali (Rajouri) and Poonch sectors along the LoC, the spokesman said. According to reports, one jawan suffered minor splinter injuries in the exchange of the fire in the Bhimbher Gali sector. The Pakistani firing killed another Army jawan in the Nowgam sector of Kashmir valley, an army official said. The Pakistani Army also targeted civilian areas and Indian army posts along the LoC in Bhimbher Gali and Balakote sectors of Rajouri district as well as the Poonch sector triggering fear among residents. According to the defence spokesman, the Pakistan army initiated unprovoked firing from 0645 hours in Bhimbher Gali (Rajouri) and Poonch sectors. As per reports one jawan suffered minor splinter injuries in the exchange of the fire in the Bhimber Gali sector. Amidst the Pakistani shelling, the authorities rescued students from various government schools along the LoC in Rajouri district. The students were ferried in bullet-proof vehicles, Choudhary said. Yesterday also, the Pakistan Army had resorted to firing on Indian Army posts in Rajouri, Poonch and Baramulla districts, officials said. In the exchange of fire, Naik Muddasar Ahmed was killed when mortar shells landed on his bunker. Ahmed, who hailed from Duchoo village, is survived by his wife Shaheena Muddasar and two children. Pakistan had shelled mortars on civilian areas yesterday also in which nine-year-old Sajada Kouser was killed at Baroti, officials said adding that two other civilians and a jawan were also injured in Rajouri. There were over a dozen of ceasefire violation by Pak army along LoC in J&K in which seven people including four jawans were killed and 12 injured in the month of July this year.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Pakistan violates ceasefire in Poonch, Bhimber Gali Sector

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Pakistan Army on Tuesday violated ceasefire along the Line of Control (LoC) in Bhimber Gali and Poonch Sector of Jammu and Kashmir.The violation took place at around 6:45 am, to which the Indian Army is retaliating strongly and effectively.Earlier on Monday, a jawan was injured in the ceasefire violation carried out by Pakistan in the Uri Sector.The Indian Army had also confirmed the death of a soldier during ceasefire violation by Pakistani troops in Jammu’s Bhimber Gali Sector. The deceased soldier was identified as Naik Muddasar Ahmed.In the fire exchange, Ahmed was grievously injured when mortar shells landed on his bunker. He was evacuated to the MI room where he succumbed to his injuries.On July 12, two soldiers were killed after Pakistan violated ceasefire in Kupwara Sector of Jammu and Kashmir.On July 9, the Pakistan Army initiated unprovoked and indiscriminate firing of small arms, automatics and mortars in Jammu and Kashmir’s Poonch sector along the LoC.

Ceasefire violation by Pak in Rajouri, Poonch, Indian Army retaliating

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The Pakistan Army on Monday violated ceasefire along the Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch’s Balakote and Rajouri’s Manjakote and Bhimber Gali sector. The Indian Army is strongly retaliating to it. On July 12, two soldiers were killed after Pakistan violated ceasefire in Kupwara sector of Jammu and Kashmir. On July 9, the Pakistan Army initiated unprovoked and indiscriminate firing of small arms, automatics and mortars in Jammu and Kashmir’s Poonch sector along the LoC. Reportedly, 23 cease fire violations have occurred so far in June alone. On June 29, two Indian Army jawans were injured when the Pakistani troops initiated firing along the LOC in Poonch. On June 26, the Pakistani Army fired small arms and shelled mortars along the LoC in the Bhimbher Gali sector of Rajouri.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Pak won’t succeed in creating atmosphere of terror in J-K Nirmal Singh

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Deputy Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir Nirmal Singh on Saturday assured that stern action would be taken against Pakistan for creating an atmosphere of terror in the valley. ?We have been giving befitting reply to Pakistan because it understands that language only. Pakistan will not get success in its attempt of creating an atmosphere of terror in Jammu and Kashmir. Pakistan will break down one day,? Singh told ANI. His statement comes hours after some civilians and army personnel were killed and injured in Pakistan firing in the state. Two civilians belonging to the same family were killed in ceasefire violation by Pakistan in Poonch Sector along the Line of Control (LoC). According to reports, the mother and father have been killed while their two children have been injured after the Pakistan Army initiated unprovoked and indiscriminate firing of small arms, automatics and mortars in the wee hours of Saturday. Indian Army retaliated strongly and effectively to the ceasefire violation which took place around 6:30 a.m. Earlier in the day, two army jawans were injured in a terror attack in Hajin area of Bandipora.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Two members from same family killed in Pak firing in Poonch

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Two civilians belonging to the same family were killed in ceasefire violation by Pakistan in Poonch Sector along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir. According to reports, the mother and father have been killed while their two children have been injured after the Pakistan Army initiated unprovoked and indiscriminate firing of small arms, automatics and mortars in the wee hours of Saturday. Indian Army retaliated strongly and effectively to the ceasefire violation which took place around 06:30 a.m. Earlier in the day, two army jawans were injured in a terror attack in Hajin area of Bandipora. More details awaited.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Pak targets LoC posts with mortar bombs on Eid: Army

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Pakistani Army violated the ceasefire tonight by firing from automatic weapons and shelling mortars on Indian posts along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir’s Rajouri district, the Army said. An eerie silence prevailed during the day in areas along the LoC in Poonch and Rajouri districts as people celebrated Eid. Border guarding forces from either side too exchanged sweets on the International Border in Jammu to mark Eid-ul- Fitr, which marks culmination of the fasting month of Ramzan. These areas have witnessed 20 ceasefire violations, an attack by Pakistan special forces team and two infiltration bids in June, in which four people including three jawans were killed died and 10 were injured. “The Pakistani Army initiated unprovoked and indiscriminate firing from small arms and automatic weapons and shelling of mortar along the LoC in Bhimbher Gali (BG) sector in Rajouri district from 2015 hours,” a defence spokesman said. The Indian Army retaliated strongly and effectively, he said. A jawan was injured in back-to-back ceasefire violations by the Pakistani Army yesterday. The Pakistani Army breached the truce thrice yesterday by firing small arms and shelling mortars on army posts along the LoC in the Rajouri and Poonch sectors. The Indian side fired back in retaliation, Army sources said. Pakistani troops on Saturday fired on Indian Army posts along the LoC in Poonch sector. These violations came just days after an attack by a Pakistan special forces team that sneaked across the LoC into Poonch under cover of heavy fire and killed two jawans. One Pakistani soldier was also killed. Pakistan’s Border Action Team comprises its army’s special forces personnel and terrorists.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Eid passes off peacefully on LoC, IB; forces exchange sweets

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Guns fell silent along the LoC on Eid today after a spate of ceasefire violations, Army officials said. Border guarding forces from either side exchanged sweets on the International Border in Jammu. “The guns are silent today. There is no report of any firing and shelling by the Pakistani Army along the LoC,” a senior army officer said. “The border guarding forces exchanged sweets in a cordial atmosphere all along the IB in the Jammu frontier area,” a BSF officer said. There have been 20 ceasefire violations along the LoC and the International Border in Jammu region so far in June. Three jawans and one civilian were killed in firing. A jawan was injured in back-to-back ceasefire violations by the Pakistani Army yesterday. The Pakistani Army breached the truce thrice yesterday by firing small arms and shelling mortars on army posts along the LoC in the Rajouri and Poonch sectors. The Indian side fired back in retaliation, army sources said. Pakistani troops on Saturday fired on Indian Army posts along the LoC in Poonch sector. These violations came just days after an attack by a Pakistan special forces team that sneaked across the LoC into Poonch under cover of heavy fire and killed two jawans. One Paksitani soldier was also killed. Pakistan’s Border Action Team comprises its army’s special forces personnel and terrorists.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Pakistan violates ceasefire twice, Indian Army destroys one post in retaliatory fire

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> In the second ceasefire violation today, Pakistani troops today resorted to firing from automatic weapons and shelling mortars along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir’s Rajouri district.In the latest violation, the Pakistan army initiated unprovoked and indiscriminate firing from small arms, automatic weapons and mortars from 5.50 pm on Indian Army posts along the LoC in Naushera sector, a defence spokesman said, adding, the Indian Army is retaliating strongly and effectively.As per reports, one Pakistani post was destroyed in the Indian Army’s retaliatory action. Pakistan has now violated the ceasefire thrice in the past 27 hours, targeting forward posts and civilian areas with mortar bombs and automatic weapons. Earlier today, Pakistani troops had opened unprovoked fire from 6.30 am to 9.30 am on Indian Army posts along the LoC in Naushera sector, even as Indian troops returned fire.Yesterday also the Pakistan army had initiated unprovoked and indiscriminate firing from small arms, automatic weapons and mortars from 1130 hours to 1410 hours on Indian Army posts along the LoC in Poonch sector.Today’s violations came just days after an attack by a Pakistani special forces team that sneaked across the LoC into Poonch under cover of heavy fire and killed two jawans while losing one of their men.On Thursday, in the third such attack this year, a team of Pakistani special forces men sneaked 600 metres across the LoC into the Poonch sector and killed two Indian jawans and lost one Border Action Team (BAT) member in retaliatory action by the Indian Army.The BAT comprises special forces personnel of the Pakistan army and terrorists.It had carried out the attack on an Indian Army patrol party in the Gulpur belt of Poonch on June 22 under heavy cover fire by Pakistani troops.In the firefight, two Indian soldiers – 34-year-old Naik Jadhav Sandip of Aurangabad and 24-year-old Sepoy Mane Savan Balku of Kolhapur – were killed.The Pakistani BAT members were armed with headband cameras to record the attack on the Indian Army patrol.Earlier, on June 16, Pakistan violated the ceasefire by firing on forward posts along the LoC in Naushera sector of Rajouri district of J&K, killing an Indian Army jawan.There have been 19 ceasefire violations along the LoC and the international border in Jammu region in June in which one civilian also lost his life while seven others were injured.

J&K: Pakistan violates ceasefire in Naushera sector, Indian Army retaliates strongly

Sun, 25 Jun 2017-10:30am , Naushera , ANI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Pakistan Army on Sunday initiated an unprovoked and indiscriminate firing of small arms, automatics and mortars in Jammu and Kashmir’s Naushera sector along the Line of Control (LoC).The Indian Army is retaliating strongly and effectively to the firing.Earlier on Saturday, the Pakistan violated the ceasefire along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir’s Poonch sector.Pakistan had then also resorted to unprovoked indiscriminate firing from small arms automatics and shelled mortars.

Pakistan BAT team carried special daggers, headband cameras to record terror attack

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Pakistani Border Action Team (BAT), which attacked an Indian Army patrol after crossing the LoC, was made up of special forces’ men and terrorists who were armed with ‘special daggers’ and headband cameras for recording the strike in Poonch district.Army troops during search and sanitation operations, recovered the body of a member of the BAT team along the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir’s Poonch district on June 22.”The body of the intruder killed in the BAT attempt has been retrieved and handed over to the local police,” a senior army officer told PTI on Friday.
ALSO READ J&K: Two soldiers from Maharashtra killed as Army foils Pak BAT attack”Arms, ammunition and other war-like stores including a special dagger and a headband with a camera, knife, one AK rifle, 3 magazines, 2 grenades besides dresses and bags was recovered which reflects the barbaric mindset of the Pakistani Army,” he said.Giving details, the officer said that a special class of dagger and a knife was meant to engineer quick mutilation and beheading of jawans killed in the firing exchanges and it has been foiled by the quick action by Indian soldiers.The BAT member was wearing headband with camera on his head to record the action and possible mutilation of jawans, which was prevented by other troops who shot dead one of them and injured another, he said.The officer said it is matter of investigation whether the camera was live connected with Pakistani Army establishments across the border.”The data and details of the camera will be analysed,” he said.”We are confident that another BAT member has also been killed but his body was taken back by the other members of the BAT,” he said.”The resolute action of our soldiers didn’t let the nefarious plan (of mutilating bodies and recording it on camera) succeed,” officer said.In the third such attack this year, a team of Pakistani special forces sneaked 600 metres across the Line of Control (LoC) into the Poonch sector.The Border Action Team (BAT), which generally comprises special forces personnel of the Pakistani Army and some terrorists, carried out the attack at around 2 pm under heavy cover fire by Pakistani troops from their posts, he said.”A Border Action Team of five to seven heavily-armed men, under the cover of Pakistani firing, entered 600 meters inside the LoC in Gulpur forward area in Poonch sector,” the official said.The Pakistani attackers came up to 200 meters near the Indian posts. During the attack, the Pakistani troops resorted to firing in Gulpur-Karmara-Chakan-Da-Bagh area along the LoC. The armed intruders targeted an area domination patrol of the Indian Army, triggering a gunfight, the official said.The Indian troops killed one of the attackers and injured another whose extrication was facilitated by the cover fire by the Pakistani troops from their posts.In the firefight, two Indian soldiers were killed. They were 34-year-old Naik Jadhav Sandip of Aurangabad, Maharashtra and 24-year-old Sepoy Mane Savan Balku of Kolhapur, Maharashtra.The Pakistani firing continued till 3.30 pm yesterday even as the Indian posts retaliated strongly.In a similar BAT attack on May 1, two Indian soldiers were beheaded in Krishna Ghati sector in Poonch district. That attack too was carried out under the cover of shelling by the Pakistani troops.Prior to that, a BAT attack was carried out in February but there were no casualties.Earlier, there have been several BAT attacks in which Indian jawans have been beheaded or their bodies mutilated.On October 28 last year, militants attacked a post and killed an Indian Army soldier and mutilated his body close to the Line of Control (LoC) in the Machil sector.In January 2013, Lance Naik Hemraj was killed and his body mutilated by a BAT. It had also beheaded Lance Naik Sudhakar Singh.

Mortal remains of soldier Sandeep Jadhav brought to his

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The mortal remains of army soldier Sandeep Jadhav, who lost his life in an attack by the Pakistan Border Action Team (BAT) a couple of days ago, was brought to his village in Maharashtra?s Aurangabad district on Saturday for his last rites. Jadhav and sepoy Sawan Mane lost their lives during an operation in Jammu and Kashmir?s Poonch district along the Line of Control on June 22. The army killed two terrorists in retaliation. The Pakistan BAT team violated the sanctity of the (LoC) at around 2 p.m., when it entered 600 meters inside the Indian territory and attacked an area domination patrol of the Indian Army. BAT is a mix of Pakistani Special Forces and Jihadis who are used as force multipliers by the Pakistan Army on the LoC. This was the third BAT attack in the Poonch sector this year. On May 1 Pakistan army’s BAT badly mutilated the bodies of two soldiers — head constable Prem Sagar of Border Security Force and Naib Subaidar Paramjit Singh of the army on of the Line of Control (LoC) at Krishna Ghati sub-sector of Poonch district in Jammu division.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Braveheart-family-criticizes-govt-over-inaction-on-Pak-ceasefire-violations

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The family of Indian Army soldier Naik Bakhtawar Singh, who was killed in a ceasefire violation by Pakistan in Nowshera this week, criticized the government on Saturday over its “inaction” in ending ceasefire violations by Pakistan. Thirty-four-year-old Bakhtawar Singh, who hails from Punjab, died on Thursday. ?We are proud of our son who lost his life for our nation, but we are sad too. He has two small kids,? said Bakhtawar?s father. “This has happened because of the laziness of the government. It is Pakistan who keeps violating the ceasefire and we just retaliate,” he added. He further requested the government to provide some means of earning to Bakhtawar’s wife to support the family. India and Pakistan traded mortar shells, heavy automatics and small arms fire in Nowshera sector on Thursday afternoon as later troops continued targetting forward Indian positions and civilian areas without any provocation at frequent intervals in border Rajouri and Poonch districts for the past many days. The Pakistani troops have been using mortars, heavy automatics, recoilless guns, and small weapons in the recent attacks. The tension along the Line of Control (LoC) has already made an over 3,000 people including women and children migrate from their houses near the border to safer places.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

GoC visits Poonch LoC; also meets slain GREF worker’s family

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Amid ceasefire violations by Pakistan, the General-officer-Commanding (GoC) of 16 Corps Lt. Gen. A K Sharma today visited forward areas along the Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch district. The GoC, White Knight Corps, visited forward areas in Krishna Ghati sector along the LoC in Poonch district, a Defence spokesperson said. He commended troops for keeping a constant vigil and valiant action taken by them to thwart the inimical designs of Pakistan. During his visit, he also met the family of Mohammed Parvez, a General Reserve Engineer Force (GREF) worker, who was killed in Pakistani shelling in Mankote area of Mendhar on June 2 and presented his wife a cheque of Rs one lakh, he said. He expressed his solidarity and assured all support to the family while giving the cheque to Safir Akther, the GREF worker’s wife, on behalf of the Lt. Gen. D Anbu, Army Commander, Northern Command. Pakistan army has been resorting to ceasefire violation for past one week. There had been six ceasefire violations in the last three days and a total 17, along the LoC and the International Border in Poonch, Rajouri and Samba districts of Jammu and Kashmir since June 1 in which one civilian had died and seven others were injured. An army jawan was killed today when Pakistan army resorted to unprovoked firing on forward posts of Indian Army along the LoC in Rajouri district of Jammu and Kashmir, prompting Indian Army to retaliate strongly and effectively.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Pak pounds Rajouri LoC with mortar bombs, violates ceasefire

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Pakistan Army today pounded forward posts and civilians areas along the Line of Control in Rajouri district of Jammu and Kashmir with mortar bombs and fired small and automatic weapons as it violated ceasefire twice in a day, prompting Indian posts to retaliate strongly. There has been 12 ceasefire violations in past five days and a total 15 along the LoC and the International Border in Jammu region since January 1 in which one civilian died and seven others were injured. “Pakistan Army resorted to indiscriminate firing of mortars and small arms, automatic weapons from 1730 hours today in Naushera sector along the LoC of Rajouri district”, Defence Spokesman Lt Col Manish Mehta said. Indian Army posts are retaliating strongly, effectively and the firing is presently on, he said. Earlier the Pakistani troops initiated indiscriminate firing of mortars and small arms, automatic weapons from 1400 hours in Naushera sector along the LoC which continued till 1530 hours. Two Pakistani soldiers were yesterday killed in retaliatory fire after they breached the truce, targeting forward posts and civilians areas along the LoC in Rajouri and Poonch districts. There were 3 ceasefire violations by Pakistan on June 12, four on June 11 and one on June 10.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

2 Pak soldiers killed in retaliation by Indian Army

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Two Pakistani soldiers were killed in fierce retaliation by Indian troops as Pakistan Army today violated ceasefire thrice along the Line of Control in two sectors in Rajouri and Poonch districts of Jammu and Kashmir. The Pakistan Army resorted to shelling of mortar bombs and firing of small arms and automatic weapons on forward posts and civilians areas in the region. There have been 10 ceasefire violations in past four days and total 14 ceasefire violations along the LoC and the International Border in Jammu region since January 1, in which one civilian died and seven others were injured. In escalated terror violence in Kashmir, militants engineered seven grenade attacks and firing incidents in the Valley yesterday in which 14 policemen were injured and four rifles snatched by militants from the them. Indian troops gave a strong retaliation in which 2 Pakistani soldiers were killed opposite to Bhimbher Gali sector today, defence sources said. “Pakistan Army initiated indiscriminate firing of mortars, small arms, automatics RPG, Recoilless Rifles from 1840 hours in Naushera sector along the LoC in Rajouri district today,” Defence Spokesman Lt. Col. Manish Mehta said. Before this third ceasefire violation in the day, the Pakistan Army initiated indiscriminate firing of small arms, automatics RPG, Recoilless Rifles from 0930 hours in Naushera sector along the LoC in Rajouri district today, he said. Indian Army posts are retaliating strongly and effectively and firing is presently on, he said. Earlier, Pakistan carried out indiscriminate firing from 0500 hours to 0545 hours in Bhimbher Gali sector in Poonch along the LoC, he added. There were 3 ceasefire violation on June 12.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

J&K: Pakistan violates ceasefire in Krishna Ghati sector again; India retaliates

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Pakistani Army initiated indiscriminate firing of small arms, automatics and mortars at 6.20 am on Monday along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir’s Krishna Ghati sector.The Indian Army posts are retaliating strongly and effectively.Earlier on Sunday, the Pakistan Army violated ceasefire in Jammu and Kashmir’s Naushera sector.This came after the Pakistan Army earlier in the day initiated indiscriminate firing of small arms, automatics and mortars in Naushera along the Line of Control (LoC).Pakistan initiated the indiscriminate firing at around 12:40 p.m. and exchange of gunfire continues.The Pakistan Rangers had, earlier in the day, violated unprovoked ceasefire on forward Border Security Force (BSF) troops in Jammu and Kashmir’s Ramgarh sector at 10.45 a.m.The Indian Army posts retaliated strongly and effectively. The firing continued for about 45 minutes.No injuries or damages was reportedIn the another incident earlier in the day, the Army retaliated to a ceasefire violation by Pakistan along the LoC in the Bhimber Gali sector in Rajouri district at 9.45 a.m.On Saturday, the Pakistan Army initiated indiscriminate firing of small arms, automatics and mortars in the Krishna Ghati sector of Poonch district along the LoC.In all these incidents, the Indian Army posts retaliated effectively.

Ceasefire violation by Pak in Naushera sector again

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The Pakistani Army again initiated indiscriminate firing of small arms heavy automatics and mortars from 6:40 p.m. today along the Line of Control (LC) in Jammu and Kashmir?s Naushera sector. The Indian Army posts are retaliating strongly and effectively. This comes after the Pakistan Army earlier in the day again initiated indiscriminate firing of small arms, automatics and mortars in Naushera along the Line of Control (LoC). The Indian Army retaliated strongly and effectively to the unprovoked ceasefire violation. Pakistan initiated the indiscriminate firing at around 12:40 p.m. and exchange of gunfire continues. Earlier in the day, the Pakistan Rangers violated unprovoked ceasefire on forward Border Security Force (BSF) troops in Jammu and Kashmir’s Ramgarh sector at 10.45 a.m. The Indian Army posts retaliated strongly and effectively. The firing continued for about 45 minutes. No injuries or damages have been reported In the another incident earlier in the day, the Army retaliated to a ceasefire violation by Pakistan along the LoC in the Bhimber Gali sector in Rajouri district at 9.45 a.m. On Saturday, the Pakistan Army initiated indiscriminate firing of small arms, automatics and mortars in the Krishna Ghati sector of Poonch district along the LoC.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Pak violates ceasefire in Rajouri and Samba, strong reply from Indian Army

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Pakistani troops resorted to firing and shelling on forward posts along LoC and International Border in Rajouri and Samba districts of Jammu and Kashmir today, prompting Indian troops to retaliate.Pakistan Army initiated indiscriminate firing of small arms, heavy automatics and mortars from 1240 hours along the Line of Control in Naushera sector in Rajouri district, a defence spokesman said. “The Indian Army posts are retaliating strongly and effectively. The firing is presently on,” he said.In another ceasefire violation, Pakistan Rangers started firing on forward BSF troops in Ramgarh Sector in Samba district along the IB, a senior BSF officer said adding that BSF also retaliated. During exchanger of fire, Pak Rangers also fired a few small mortar shells. Intermittent fire continued till 1045 hours, he said adding there was no loss or damage so far.”Pakistani Army initiated indiscriminate firing of small arms and automatics from 0920 hours this morning along the Line of Control (LC) in Bhimbher Gali sector in Rajouri,” a senior army officer said. The Indian Army posts are retaliating strongly and effectively. The firing is presently on, he said.”It may be recalled that Pakistan Army initiated indiscriminate firing of small arms, automatics, 82 mm and 120 mm mortars from 2030 hours last evening along the LoC in Krishana Ghati sector,” a senior army officer said. Reports said Pak troops also targeted civilian population and hamlets along LoC in Krishnaghati and Balanar areas of Poonch district triggering panic among the area dwellers.The Pakistan Army is targeting residential areas and hamlets with 120 mm and 82 mm mortar bombs triggering fear psychosis as shells are landing deep inside border civil hamlets. Earlier this month, five Pakistani soldiers were killed and some others injured in the Indian Army’s retaliatory action in LoC belt of the Nowshera and Krishnaghati sectors.

Pak ceasefire violation along LoC, IB in Rajouri, Samba

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Pakistani troops resorted to firing and shelling on forward posts along LoC and International Border in Rajouri and Samba districts of Jammu and Kashmir today, prompting Indian troops to retaliate. Pakistan Army initiated indiscriminate firing of small arms, heavy automatics and mortars from 1240 hours along the Line of Control in Naushera sector in Rajouri district, a defence spokesman said. “The Indian Army posts are retaliating strongly and effectively. The firing is presently on,” he said. In another ceasefire violation, Pakistan Rangers started firing on forward BSF troops in Ramgarh Sector in Samba district along the IB, a senior BSF officer said adding that BSF also retaliated. During exchanger of fire, Pak Rangers also fired a few small mortar shells. Intermittent fire continued till 1045 hours, he said adding there was no loss or damage so far. “Pakistani Army initiated indiscriminate firing of small arms and automatics from 0920 hours this morning along the Line of Control (LC) in Bhimbher Gali sector in Rajouri,” a senior army officer said. The Indian Army posts are retaliating strongly and effectively. The firing is presently on, he said. “It may be recalled that Pakistan Army initiated indiscriminate firing of small arms, automatics, 82 mm and 120 mm mortars from 2030 hours last evening along the LoC in Krishana Ghati sector,” a senior army officer said. Reports said Pak troops also targeted civilian population and hamlets along LoC in Krishnaghati and Balanar areas of Poonch district triggering panic among the area dwellers. The Pakistan Army is targeting residential areas and hamlets with 120 mm and 82 mm mortar bombs triggering fear psychosis as shells are landing deep inside border civil hamlets. Earlier this month, five Pakistani soldiers were killed and some others injured in the Indian Army’s retaliatory action in LoC belt of the Nowshera and Krishnaghati sectors.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

J&K: Pakistan violates ceasefire, heavy firing reported in Poonch

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Pakistani Army tonight resorted to heavy shelling of India’s forward military posts and civilian areas in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir.The Pakistani troops used mortar bombs and fired with automatic weapons from across the Line of Control (LoC) in Krishna Ghati sector, prompting Indian troops to retaliate, a senior army officer said.”Pakistani Army initiated indiscriminate firing of small arms, automatics, 82 mm and 120 mm mortars from 2030 hours along the Line of Control (LC) in Krishana Ghati sector,” a senior army officer said.Reports said that the Pakistani troops also targeted civilian population and hamelts along the LoC in Krishna Ghati and Balnoie areas of Poonch district, triggering panic among the area dwellers.The Indian Army is retaliating strongly and effectively, the officer said, adding the firing is presently on.

Centre ramps up sports infrastructure investments in Valley

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The centre has sanctioned Rs 200 crore for development of sports infrastructure in Jammu and Kashmir with a hope to dissuade the strife-torn valley’s youth from going “astray”. Jammu and Kashmir’s sports minister Imran Raza Ansari today called on union sports minister Vijay Goel to discuss initiatives to boost sports activities in the state. “The sports minister of Jammu and Kashmir Imran Raza Ansari met our officers and discussed many things. The meeting was very fruitful. Now the youth of Jammu and Kashmir will not go astray and will not be attracted towards destructive activities,” Goel said at his official residence. A total of Rs 50 crore has already been released by the government, specifically to upgrade the existing infrastructure in Poonch and Rajouri districts, besides building indoor halls in 12 other districts of the state. To enhance the sports infrastructure further, the ministry of youth affairs and sports has got PSUs to put in Rs 40 crore. Goel added, “We had been working in this direction. There will be better facilitation in the valley as far as sports is concerned, in terms of speeding up of stadiums construction work.” The minister felt it was important that the energy of the youth is channelised towards the betterment of the society and the state. “The youth of Jammu and Kashmir has tremendous potential to excel in the arena of sports and work for nation building and we’re committed to provide them the best. “The other day in our institute in Patiala we have given a lot of youth from Jammu and Kashmir opportunity to do coaching courses and many among those will be appointed coaches by the government.” Ansari said there is no dearth of talent in Jammu and Kashmir. “I thank Goel saab for all the help, all our demands are being considered. There is a lot of talent in Jammu and Kashmir and they just need good guidance. Sports was in the background in Jammu and Kashmir before Goel saab,” Ansari, who also holds the youth services, technical education and information technology portfolios, said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Don’t play cricket with Pakistan: Family of slain BSF constable appeal to PM Modi

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The family members of BSF Head Constable Prem Sagar, who was killed and his body mutilated by Pakistani forces, have appealed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to stop India from playing Pakistan in the Champions Trophy.”We are opposing the cricket match between India and Pakistan in the Champions Trophy. The government must understand the pain of the aggrieved family of the martyr.India should not play the match with Pakistan in the Champions Trophy and should not have any relationship with that country,” Ishwar Chandra, son of the slain BSF head constable told reporters here.We appeal to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the BCCI to ensure that India does not play Pakistan, he added.Over a month back, Naib Subedar Paramjit Singh and BSF Head Constable Sagar were beheaded by Pakistani forces in the Poonch sector of Jammu and Kashmir.
ALSO READ Champions Trophy 2017: Ahead of clash, #WalkOutFromPakMatch becomes top Twitter trend in IndiaUnder the cover of heavy rocket and mortar fire, Pakistan’s Border Action Team (BAT) had sneaked 250 meters across the Line of Control and beheaded the two soldiers triggering massive outrage.

J&K: Pakistan violates ceasefire in Poonch sector, 1 civilian injured

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> At least one civilian has been injured in ceasefire violation by Pakistan in Jammu and Kashmir, Poonch sector on Saturday.The ceasefire violation started on Friday night at around 11 p.m.Meanwhile, the Indian Army posts are strongly retaliating to the firing from the other side.Small arms, automatics, 82 mm and 120 mm mortars were fired from Pakistan last night.Earlier on Thursday, two civilians were injured in shelling by Pakistan at Krishna Ghati sector of Jammu and Kashmir.The Pakistani Army had initiated indiscriminate firing of small arms, automatics, 82 mm and 120 mm mortars along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir’s Naushera and Krishna Ghati sectors to which the Indian Army posts retaliated strongly and effectively.

Pakistan unleashing narco-terror in J&K

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Alarm bells are ringing for the security forces as Pakistan army has unleashed narco-terrorism in the strife-torn Jammu and Kashmir.Indian Army has seized heroin worth Rs two crore from a 23-year-old man, who was feigning as shepherd, on the Line of Control (LoC) in the Bhimber Gali sector of Poonch district. The consignment was facilitated by the Pakistan army in a bid to use the drug proceeds to fund the militancy in Kashmir.Lieutenant Colonel Manish Mehta, defence spokesman at Jammu, said the Indian Army apprehended Mohommad Kasim along with two packets of heroin from the LoC in Bhimber Gali of Poonch district on Monday night. “Kasim, under the garb of grazing cattle, had gone across the LoC and received the consignment from a PoK (Pakistan- occupied Kashmir) national,” said Lieutenant Colonel Mehta.He said the drugs seizure has dealt a major blow to Pakistan to fund militancy using drug proceeds.Police have also lodged an FIR and put the investigation on the fast track to expose the conspiracy behind the smuggling. “We are investigating the matter,” said Pande Rajiv Omparkash, senior superintendent of police, Poonch.Investigators are trying to find out whether Kasim was part of the drug cartel that has been operating across the LoC. “He has been put under sustained interrogation and we are trying to reach to the bottom of the case,” said an officer.Police sources said there have been continuous efforts from the other side to smuggle drugs into this side. “We are conducting our operations in the interior areas to track down the smugglers,” said the officer.This is not the first time when drug consignments smuggled from PoK have been seized on the LoC. On January 23, J&K police arrested eight persons and seized huge haul of drugs smuggled from across the LoC in the border district of Kupwara. The seizure includes one kilogram of heroin, 1.5 kilogram of brown sugar and 3.5 kilogram of charas.Sources do not rule out nexus between ultras and narcotics smugglers given the fact that several terrorists have been arrested in different parts of the country with huge haul of charas and banned drugs.In January 2002, police arrested five persons including two surrendered terrorists of Hizbul Mujahideen with 20 kgs of charas in Phagwara . In May 2003, an active member of Al Jihad outfit was arrested in Delhi with 25 kgs of charas.In January 2014, police arrested a driver from PoK after 114 packets of brown sugar worth Rs 100 crore was recovered from his truck used to ferry goods for the cross LoC trade. This led to the 17 days’ standoff with PoK authorities holding 27 Indian drivers hostage before releasing them after hectic diplomatic efforts.

One held with heroin worth over Rs 2 cr from LoC in Poonch

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Army has apprehended a drug peddler and recovered two kg of heroin, valued at approximately above Rs 2 crore in international market, from his possession along Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch district. Mohammad Kasim (23), was nabbed with two packets of contraband each weighing 1 kg from the Bhimber Gali sector area late last night, a defence spokesman said today. Under the garb of a cattle grazer, Kasim had gone to the LoC and received the heroin from a Pakistani Occupied Kashmir (PoK) national, the spokesman said. An FIR has been lodged with the Poonch police, he said adding search operation is on in the area.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Satisfied over readiness of troops along LoC: Jaitley

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Defence Minister Arun Jaitley today expressed satisfaction over the “aggressive domination” and “readiness” of troops along the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir to give a befitting response to any “misadventure” by Pakistan. Jaitley held a meeting with senior army commanders at a forward post along the LoC in north Kashmir, and reviewed the security situation in the valley which has been witnessing spiralling violence. “Had a meeting with senior commanders & troops at a forward post along the LoC, and reviewed security situation. “The aggressive domination and readiness of troops for befitting response to any misadventure by enemy is very satisfying,” he tweeted. Jaitley, who also holds the finance portfolio, is here to primarily attend a two-day meeting of the GST (Goods and Services Tax) Council which began yesterday. He conducted an aerial survey of forward posts along the LoC and interacted with troops in Rampur sector where he told them to maintain vigil and foil any misadventure from across the border, an army official said. Jaitley, who was accompanied by General Officer Commanding of Chinar Corps, lauded the high morale of the troops and assured them that the entire nation was with them, he added. His visit here comes weeks after Pakistani Army beheaded two Indian security personnel in Poonch district which was termed “barbaric” by India. While Army chief Gen Bipin Rawat had hinted at retaliation to avenge the killings, Jaitley had said the sacrifice of the two soldiers will not go in vain and that the armed forces will react “appropriately”. On Wednesday, in a meeting to review the security situation in Jammu and Kashmir, had asked the Army to remain prepared to give a befitting reply to any misadventure from across the border. The Kashmir valley has witnessed a spurt in incidents of violence and militant attacks in the last couple of months.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Pakistanis condemn ceasefire violation, call for brotherhood

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Pakistani passengers of the Cross-LoC Poonch Rawlakote bus service have condemned the cross-border firing along the LoC in Poonch and Rajouri. The passengers appealed to the Pakistan and Indian Army to stop the cross-border firing as it is claiming the lives of innocent people residing on the border belt. ?The firing which is being exchanged between both the nations is not right. Humanity is being killed. We want peace and harmony. We are so afraid that we have to leave our house and reside in a safer place. We are against this firing,? said a passenger. Another passenger also condemned the unprovoked firing and said that killing innocent people is not right. ?We will appeal to our government to stop firing and India should also do the same. Civilians are being killed in firing. This is not right,? the passenger added. Another passenger called for brotherhood while appealing to both the nations to stop the unprovoked firing. The Pakistan Army, earlier on Sunday, initiated indiscriminate firing of small arms, automatics, 82 mm and 120 mm mortars along the Line of Control (LoC) in Chiti Bakri area of Rajouri sector in Jammu and Kashmir. The Indian Army also retaliated to the unprovoked act strongly and effectively. At least two civilians including a minor girl were killed and nine people, including four soldiers were injured in the unprovoked firing by Pakistan in Rajouri district. Earlier on Saturday, two civilians were killed as Pakistan Army continued its unprovoked firing in state?s Nowshera sector.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Army arrests 12-year-old son of former Pak soldier on LoC

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Days after Pakistan army’s Border Action Team (BAT) mutilated the bodies of two soldiers in Krishna Ghati sector, the Army arrested a 12-year-old son of a former Pakistan army official on the Line of Control (LoC) in Nowshera sector of Rajouri district in Jammu division.Ashfaq Ali Chauhan, who is the son of a retired Baluch Regiment soldier Hussain Malik was arrested on Friday evening. A resident of Village Dunger Pel, tehsil Samani of Bhimber district in PoK, Chauhan was arrested when he was moving suspiciously after crossing into the Indian side of LoC, said Lieutenant Colonel Manish Mehta, defence spokesman at Jammu.After preliminary questioning, the Army handed over the boy to the police for further investigation.Sources said the Army and police are probing whether he was sent to conduct the reconnaissance of the possible infiltration routes or it was an inadvertent crossing on the LoC. “We are not leaving anything to chance. Snow has started melting on the passes and there is an apprehension of infiltration from the other side of LoC,” said an officer.The arrest of Pakistan army officer’s son has come five days after Border Action Team (BAT) of Pakistan army badly mutilated the bodies of two Indian soldiers after crossing over the LoC at Krishna Ghati sub-sector of Poonch district in Jammu division on May 1.

Soldiers mutilation | Indian Army slams TV channels for going ‘ballistic’, denies reports of retaliation

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Slamming news channel for going ‘ballistic’ over news report of retaliation by Indian Army after the beheading of a military officer and BSF head constable, Indian Army has on Wednesday denied reports that Pakistani bunkers were destroyed.According to a Hindustan Times report, a senior officer with the Indian army called the reports untrue and said, “There was no retaliation whatsoever by us in the KG sector on Monday night. They (TV channels) go ballistic without asking us anything. We will retaliate and when we do, we will come out with an official statement.”While the report also adds that the intelligence officials on the ground also failed to confirm the attack, the military spokesperson was quoted as saying that they will respond at the right time as a lot of planning goes into any army action.
ALSO READ Soldiers mutilation: Blood samples prove killers returned to Pakistan after attackEarlier on Monday, the Pakistani soldiers along with their Border Action Team (BAT), which include trained border inhabitants, launched a joint attack. “Pakistan Army carried out unprovoked rocket and mortar firing on two forward posts on the Line of Control in the Krishna Ghati sector. Simultaneously, a BAT action was launched on a patrol operating in between the two posts. In an unsoldierly act by the Pakistan Army, the bodies of two of our soldiers in the patrol were mutilated. Such despicable act of Pakistan Army will be appropriately responded,” read the Indian Army’s statement.They first fired rockets and followed this up with firing from automatic weapons, near Kranti Post located in Poonch’s Krishna Ghati Sector around 8.30 AM. The Pakistanis then crossed the LoC, entered 200 meters into Indian Territory, and attacked a joint patrol of the Army and Border Security Force (BSF), heading towards a nearby post. They sneaked 250 metres into Indian territory in Poonch, and killed and mutilated bodies of Naib Subedar Paramjeet Singh and BSF Head Constable Prem Singh.Later the same day, there were also reports that the Indian Army retaliated against the raids that took place earlier in the day. There were reportedly casualties on the other side but there was no clarity on the number. According to reports, certain Pakistani posts across the Line of Control were targeted.Earlier, India had vowed an “appropriate” response to the beheading of two soldiers by Pakistani forces, saying their sacrifice will not go in vain, as political parties came together to condemn the “barbaric act.” As the incident sparked an outrage, a BJP MP RK Singh demanded a tit-for-tat response. The Pakistan Army has denied mutilating the bodies of the two Indian security personnel. “Such despicable act of Pakistan Army will be appropriately responded,” the Indian Army said in a press statement after the soldiers were killed by Pakistani forces in an attack across the Line of Control(LoC) and their bodies mutilated.
ALSO READ Soldiers mutilation: After Yogi Adityanath’s intervention, BSF jawan Prem Sagar crematedDescribing the mutilation as an extreme form of barbaric act, Defence Minister Arun Jaitley said the whole country has full confidence and faith in its armed forces and that the sacrifice of the two soldiers will not go in vain. “The Government of India strongly condemns this act and the whole country has full confidence and faith in our armed forces which will react appropriately to this inhuman act. The sacrifice of these two soldiers will not go in vain,” Jaitley said.(With agency inputs)

Soldiers mutilation: After Yogi Adityanath’s intervention, BSF jawan Prem Sagar cremated

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>BSF head constable Prem Sagar, one of the two soldiers who were killed and mutilated by Pakistan at the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir, was cremated on Wednesday morning after the intervention of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.The last rites were performed in Uttar Pradesh’s Deoria district​, 11 hours after his body was brought to his village. Sagar (45) is survived by his wife Shanti.​The family members of Prem Sagar had earlier refused to perform last rites until CM until Yogi Adityanath arrives at their hometown.
ALSO READ Soldiers mutilation: When will govt avenge my husband’s death, asks Paramjit KaurThe family finally relented after the Chief Minister called a little after midnight and spoke to the soldier’s older son, reported NDTV.”He said he would visit us before the 13-day Shraadh ceremony…he also promised a school and a memorial in my father’s name,” he said.
ALSO READ Anger and Anguish: Army mulls strong action over soldiers beheading; nation weeps for its sonsUnder the cover of heavy mortar fire, a Pakistani special forces team on Monday sneaked 250 metres across the Line of Control (LoC) into the Poonch sector and beheaded two Indian security personnel.Expressing grave concern over the brutal incident, Indian Director-General of Military Operations (DGMO) Lt. Gen. A.K. Bhatt on Tuesday raised the issue of Border Action Team (BAT) camps near the Line of control with his Pakistani counterpart.
ALSO READ Soldiers mutilation: When will govt avenge my husband’s death, asks Paramjit KaurBhatt also raised the issue of fire support provided by the Pakistani posts.”DGMO Indian Army conveyed that such dastardly and inhuman act is beyond any norms of civility and merits unequivocal condemnation and response,” the Indian Army said in a statement.

J&K: Pakistan continues to provoke India, second ceasefire violation in 48 hours

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A day after mutilating of two Indian soldiers, Pakistan continued to provoke India for the second time in less than 48 hours.Pakistani troops on Wednesday violated the ceasefire in Mendhar’s Mankote area in Jammu and Kashmir.Intermittent firing is underway as Indian security forces are retaliating strongly to the provocation.Under the cover of heavy mortar fire, a Pakistani special forces team on Monday sneaked 250 metres across the Line of Control (LoC) into the Poonch sector and beheaded two Indian security personnel.The soldiers killed were Naib Subedar Paramjeet Singh of 22 Sikh Infantry and Head Constable Prem Sagar of 200th Battalion of Border Security Force (BSF)​. A BSF constable Rajinder Singh was injured but is out of danger.
ALSO READ Anger and Anguish: Army mulls strong action over soldiers beheading; nation weeps for its sonsIndia on Tuesday conveyed to Islamabad that such dastardly act merited unequivocal ‘condemnation and response’.Pakistan had broken the ceasefire in the same sector on April 8, in Poonch district on April 5, in Bhimbher Gali (BG) sector on April 4 and twice on April 3 in Balakote and Poonch sectors.
ALSO READ Soldiers mutilated: Dastardly act merits unequivocal ‘condemnation and response’, Indian Army tells PakOn March 19, Pakistani troops violated the ceasefire by resorting to shelling and firing along the LoC in Bhimbher Gali area of Poonch district.On March 13, Pakistani troops resorted to mortar shelling and firing by automatic weapons along the Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch sector.On March 12, Pakistani troops had violated the ceasefire by resorting to firing and mortar shelling in Krishnagati and Chakan Da Bagh sectors along the LoC in Poonch district.In 2016, 228 instances of ceasefire violations along the LoC were reported while there were 221 instances of ceasefire violations along International Border (IB).Between April 2016 and March this year, the maximum of 88 violations were witnessed in November followed by 78 in October and 22 last month.

Soldiers mutilation: India warns Pak army as it continues to deny incident

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>India today warned Pakistan of an “unequivocal response” to the beheading of its two soldiers on the Indian side of the Line of Control, a charge rejected by Islamabad which sought “actionable evidence” from New Delhi to back its claim.As the families of slain Naib Subedar Paramjeet Singh and BSF Head Constable Prem Singh bid a tearful farewell to them, anguish and indignation prevailed across the country, plunging the relations between the two nations to a new low and reviving calls for a “befitting reply”.India’s Director General of Military Operations (DGMO) Lt Gen A K Bhatt spoke to his Pakistani counterpart this morning to express his “grave concern” over the killing and beheading of the two soldiers in the Krishna Ghati sector of Poonch in Jammu and Kashmir yesterday. “The DGMO of the Indian Army conveyed that such a dastardly and inhuman act is beyond any norms of civility and merits unequivocal condemnation and response,” the Indian Army said in a statement.
ALSO READ Poonch mutilations: Defiant Pakistan warns India of retaliation for ‘any disadventure’The DGMO conveyed to his Pakistani counterpart that “full fire” support was provided by the Pakistani Army post located close to where the incident took place. The army said the DGMO also conveyed India’s concern about the presence of Border Action Team (BAT) training camps in close vicinity of the Line of Control (LoC) in Pakistan- Occupied Kashmir.Discussing the issue during the hotline contact between the two DGMOs, the Pakistan Army asked India to produce “actionable evidence” on its claim that a Pakistani special forces team had sneaked across the LoC and beheaded the two Indian security personnel. “Pakistan rejected India’s allegations of ceasefire violation and mutilation of bodies of Indian soldiers,” the army statement said. “The Pakistan army is a professional military outfit and upholds the highest standards of conduct. Allegations of mutilation are an Indian attempt to divert the attention of world from situation within the Kashmir valley,” Pakistan DGMO Maj Gen Sahir Shamshad Mirza claimed.
ALSO READ Soldier mutilation: Army, BSF pay last respects to slain soldiersThe denials had little impact at Vainpoin village in Punjab, where 42-year-old Paramjeet Singh was laid to rest with full military honours. As buglers sounded the “last post” and his body, wrapped in the tricolour, was brought for cremation, his relatives insisted that they be shown the body. Finally, the ceremony went ahead after civil and army officials intervened.His wife Paramjit Kaur demanded that the Centre give a “free hand” to the army so that Pakistan is taught a lesson. “Our government had once said that if Pakistan kills or beheads our one soldier, as many as ten enemy soldiers will meet the same fate, but what is happening now? If the government cannot teach Pakistan a lesson, then they should allow me to take revenge of my husband’s killing,” she said.
ALSO READ Soldiers mutiliated: Bravehearts’ families mourn, Indian Army promises ‘unequivocal response’While “shaheed Paramjeet amar rahe” cries echoed in the air so did slogans “Pakistan murdabad”. Pakistani flags were also burnt at some places in Punjab, including at Ludhiana, where protesters demanded that Pakistan should be paid back in the same coin.Defence Minister Arun Jaitley had a meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi during which the beheading issue is understood to have figured. However, there was no official word on it. Paying tribute to the two soldiers at the New Delhi airport, where the body of Prem Sagar was brought before being taken to his home in Uttar Pradesh, Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju said, “The nation is with the families of the soldiers who lost their lives in ceasefire violation by the Pakistan army.”The savage incident also set off a spat between parties across the political divide. A day after the incident triggered outrage, Congress mounted a scathing assault on the Modi government, asking it to “take off the bangles” and avenge the killing of Indian security personnel. Bangles are considered a sign of femininity. “It is unfortunate that prime minister and the government do not have any policy on national security…We urge this government to take off its bangles and do something,” Sibal said in New Delhi.He also attacked the government over the additional charge of defence ministry to finance minister Arun Jaitley, saying there cannot be an effective defence policy without a full-time minister. Former defence minister and senior Congress leader A K Antony echoed the anguish and told reporters that the army should be given a “free hand” to act against those behind the mutilation of the two soldiers.After India’s DGMO’s tough talk about a “response” to the brazen slaughter of two soldiers, union minister M Venkaiah Naidu called Pakistan a “rogue” state and spoke of reprisal. Responding to the opposition’s comments questioning the political will of the government to take military action against Pakistan, Naidu said, “There is will, there is kill. We are very firm, we will do whatever is possible, and the government is already at it, and you will hear about it,” Naidu told journalists in Bengaluru. “It (the act of mutilation) is condemnable …it is not right to make public statements on what the response should be… the defence minister has made a statement. You will get the information with confirmation on what the result will be,” he said.The government came under fire also from its old saffron ally Shiv Sena, with its senior leader and Maharashtra minister Ramdas Kadam asking Prime Minister Narendra Modi to “sit up and think”. “After one surgical strike by us, they (Pakistan) have killed our soldiers ten times more. The prime minister should sit up and think how to avenge it,” he said in Mumbai.Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad asserted the sacrifice made by the fallen soldiers would not go in vain. “The army has vowed to take effective action….we should trust our security forces.” Amid the political wrangling, Jammu and Kashmir governor N N Vora met home minister Rajnath Singh and discussed the situation obtaining in the restive valley as also along the LoC.Apart from issues like infiltration from across the border, the activities of separatists and violent protests by students, the situation along the LoC after the killing of two soldiers was also discussed.

Anti-Pak slogans at last journey of slain BSF soldier

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Strong anti-Pakistan sentiments marked the last journey of slain BSF Head Constable Prem Sagar as his body arrived at the Police Lines and was taken to his native Takenpur village, about 40 km from the district headquarters here. Anti-Pakistan slogans were raised as the IAF chopper, carrying the soldier’s body, landed at the Police Lines ground this evening. Placed in an ambulance of the district hospital, the body was taken in a cavalcade. Uttar Pradesh minister Surya Pratap Shahi and senior administrative officers were present. Poeple thronged to pay a tearful farewell to the brave heart who was beheaded by Pakistani forces in Poonch sector. The people showered petals on the body as a mark of respect. 45-year-old Sagar’s daughter had demanded a tit for tat reply for her father’s martyrdom. “My father is martyred. I demand 50 heads for one head,” Saroj had said fighting back her tears while consoling her mother. Shahi handed over a cheque of Rs 20 lakhs to the family on behalf of the state government. Under the cover of heavy mortar fire, Pakistani special forces team had sneaked 250 metres across the Line of Control (LoC) into the Poonch sector and beheaded two Indian security personnel yesterday. Naib Subedar Paramjeet Singh of 22 Sikh Infantry and Head Constable Prem Sagar of 200th Battalion of BSF were killed in the attack. BSF constable Rajinder Singh was injured in the incident. The BAT team had set up an ambush to target the patrol party of the Indian soldiers while the Pakistan Army engaged two Indian forward defence locations (FDL) with rockets and mortar bombs, officials said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Poonch mutilations: Defiant Pakistan warns India of retaliation for ‘any disadventure’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Reacting to India’s warning of an ‘unequivocal’ response to the mutilation of two soldiers along the LoC in Kashmir, Pakistan denied any hand in the incident and asked India to ‘look inwards’. Pakistan also sought ‘actionable evidence’ of the claims and warned that any ‘disadventure shall be appropriately responded at a place and time of own choosing’, reported NDTV. Earlier, the Indian army today lodged a strong protest with the Pakistani military over the beheading of its two soldiers in Jammu and Kashmir, calling it a “dastardly and inhuman” act which merited “unequivocal condemnation and response”. The savage incident along the Line of Control on the Indian side also set off a spat between parties across the political divide.India’s Director General of Military Operations (DGMO) spoke to his Pakistani counterpart and expressed “grave concern” over the beheading of two soldiers in the Krishna Ghati sector of Poonch in Jammu and Kashmir yesterday.”The DGMO of the Indian army conveyed that such a dastardly and inhuman act is beyond any norms of civility and merits unequivocal condemnation and response,” the army said in a statement.The DGMO also conveyed to his Pakistani counterpart that “full fire” support was provided by their army post located in the vicinity of the place where Indian soldiers were decapitated.The army said the DGMO communicated India’s concerns over the presence of Border Action Team (BAT) training camps close to the LoC in Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir.The Indian army has already vowed an “appropriate” response to the “despicable act”. The Pakistani army establishment has denied its involvement in the attack.A day after the incident triggered outrage, Congress mounted a scathing assault on the Modi government, asking it to “take off the bangles” and avenge the killing of Indian security personnel. Bangles are considered a sign of femininity.”It is unfortunate that prime minister and the government do not have any policy on national security…We urge this government to take off its bangles and do something,” Sibal said in New Delhi.He also attacked the government over the additional charge of defence ministry to finance minister Arun Jaitley, saying there cannot be an effective defence policy without a full-time minister.After India’s DGMO’s tough talk about a “response” to the brazen slaughter of two soldiers, union minister M Venkaiah Naidu called Pakistan and “rogue” state and spoke of reprisal.Responding to the opposition’s comments questioning the political will of the government to take military action against Pakistan, Naidu said, “There is will, there is kill.” “We are very firm, we will do whatever is possible, and the government is already at it, and you will hear about it,” Naidu told journalists in Bengaluru.”It (the act of mutilation) is condemnable …it is not right to make public statements on what the response should be… the defence minister has made a statement. You will get the information with confirmation on what the result will be,” he said.”You will see that the government of India will take appropriate action,” Naidu said.Senior Congress leader and former defence minister A K Antony said while just one incident of beheading of an Indian soldier was reported under the party-led UPA dispensations, while three such incidents occurred with Modi at the helm.The government came under fire also from its old saffron ally Shiv Sena, with its senior leader and Maharashtra minister Ramdas Kadam asking Prime Minister Narendra Modi to “sit up and think”.”After one surgical strike by us, they (Pakistan) have killed our soldiers ten times more. The prime minister should sit up and think how to avenge it,” he said in Mumbai.Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad asserted the sacrifice made by the fallen soldiers would not go in vain. “The army has vowed to take effective action….we should trust our security forces.”Amid the political wrangling, Jammu and Kashmir governor N N Vora met home minister Rajnath Singh and discussed the situation obtaining in the restive valley as also along the LoC.Apart from issues like infiltration from across the border, the activities of separatists and violent protests by students, the situation along the LoC after the killing of two soldiers was also discussed.Meanwhile, the mortal remains of Naib Subedar Paramjeet Singh, who was among the slain soldiers, were consigned to flames at his native Vainpoin village in Punjab’s Tarn Taran.The 42-year-old soldier, who belonged to the army’s 22 Sikh Infantry, was shot and beheaded by Pakistani troops along with Head Constable Prem Sagar of the BSF’s 200th Battalion.With inputs from agencies

India lodges protest over soldiers’ killing, pol spat follows

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Indian army today lodged a strong protest with the Pakistani military over the beheading of its two soldiers in Jammu and Kashmir, calling it a “dastardly and inhuman” act which merited “unequivocal condemnation and response”. The savage incident along the Line of Control on the Indian side also set off a spat between parties across the political divide. India’s Director General of Military Operations (DGMO) spoke to his Pakistani counterpart and expressed “grave concern” over the beheading of two soldiers in the Krishna Ghati sector of Poonch in Jammu and Kashmir yesterday. “The DGMO of the Indian army conveyed that such a dastardly and inhuman act is beyond any norms of civility and merits unequivocal condemnation and response,” the army said in a statement. The DGMO also conveyed to his Pakistani counterpart that “full fire” support was provided by their army post located in the vicinity of the place where Indian soldiers were decapitated. The army said the DGMO communicated India’s concerns over the presence of Border Action Team (BAT) training camps close to the LoC in Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir. The Indian army has already vowed an “appropriate” response to the “despicable act”. The Pakistani army establishment has denied its involvement in the attack. A day after the incident triggered outrage, Congress mounted a scathing assault on the Modi government, asking it to “take off the bangles” and avenge the killing of Indian security personnel. Bangles are considered a sign of femininity. “It is unfortunate that prime minister and the government do not have any policy on national security…We urge this government to take off its bangles and do something,” Sibal said in New Delhi. He also attacked the government over the additional charge of defence ministry to finance minister Arun Jaitley, saying there cannot be an effective defence policy without a full-time minister. After India’s DGMO’s tough talk about a “response” to the brazen slaughter of two soldiers, union minister M Venkaiah Naidu called Pakistan and “rogue” state and spoke of reprisal. Responding to the opposition’s comments questioning the political will of the government to take military action against Pakistan, Naidu said, “There is will, there is kill.” “We are very firm, we will do whatever is possible, and the government is already at it, and you will hear about it,” Naidu told journalists in Bengaluru. “It (the act of mutilation) is condemnable …it is not right to make public statements on what the response should be… the defence minister has made a statement. You will get the information with confirmation on what the result will be,” he said. “You will see that the government of India will take appropriate action,” Naidu said. Senior Congress leader and former defence minister A K Antony said while just one incident of beheading of an Indian soldier was reported under the party-led UPA dispensations, while three such incidents occurred with Modi at the helm. The government came under fire also from its old saffron ally Shiv Sena, with its senior leader and Maharashtra minister Ramdas Kadam asking Prime Minister Narendra Modi to “sit up and think”. “After one surgical strike by us, they (Pakistan) have killed our soldiers ten times more. The prime minister should sit up and think how to avenge it,” he said in Mumbai. Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad asserted the sacrifice made by the fallen soldiers would not go in vain. “The army has vowed to take effective action….we should trust our security forces.” Amid the political wrangling, Jammu and Kashmir governor N N Vora met home minister Rajnath Singh and discussed the situation obtaining in the restive valley as also along the LoC. Apart from issues like infiltration from across the border, the activities of separatists and violent protests by students, the situation along the LoC after the killing of two soldiers was also discussed. Meanwhile, the mortal remains of Naib Subedar Paramjeet Singh, who was among the slain soldiers, were consigned to flames at his native Vainpoin village in Punjab’s Tarn Taran. The 42-year-old soldier, who belonged to the army’s 22 Sikh Infantry, was shot and beheaded by Pakistani troops along with Head Constable Prem Sagar of the BSF’s 200th Battalion.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

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