Amid increased tension, Pakistan troops resort to heavy shelling along LoC

World       by Muhammad Irfan | Published

India will continue to give a "befitting reply" to Pakistan's actions along the borders, Vice Chief of Indian Army Lt Gen Sarath Chand said on Monday, a day after three soldiers and an officer lost their lives in a LOC ceasefire violation.

The shelling across the LoC comes two days after Border Security Force personnel in Samba district foiled an infiltration bid from across the International Border.

He also said that Pakistan was committed to the 2003 ceasefire agreement with India but said that it should not be interpreted as weakness to respond in case of a war. According to the reports, the neighboring country has violated the ceasefire an alarming 140 times during the last month, which is more than their occurrences in 2014.

- Rifleman Ram Avtar, 28, of Baraka village in Gwalior, was also killed in the ceasefire violations in Rajouri on Saturday. "And this year the number of ceasefire violations are high", Ahir said.

He said that almost 250 migrant families have occupied the class rooms for the past about 10 months as a result of which the students had no option but to take their classes under the open sky.

The Indian Army has named the four soldiers who died in the Pakistani shelling as Captain Kapil Kundu, Havildar Roshan Lal, Rifleman Ramavtar and Rifleman Subham Singh.

Jammu and Kashmir Assembly was adjourned for 10-minutes by Speaker during the Zero Hour today after the members protested the Pakistani troops firing and shelling and cornered the government.

The line of control is the de facto border dividing Kashmir between India and Pakistan, both of whom claim the disputed principality in its entirety. "Indian positions are effectively and strongly retaliating and heavy firing exchanges are going on between the two sides", a source told IANS.

Pakistan also targeted the Shahpur sector of Poonch district.

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

"The Indian forces along the Line of Control and the Working Boundary are continuously targeting the civilian populated areas with heavy mortars and automatic weapons", said the foreign ministry in a statement on Monday.

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