Soldier dies as Pakistani troops fire Indian positions
JAMMU: An Indian soldier was killed when Pakistani
troops fired at Indian positions on the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and
Kashmir. Military spokesman Col Manish Mehta said that the Pakistan Army used
automatics and small-calibre weapons in Pallanwalla area of Akhnoor sector.
“The firing was intended to facilitate infiltration of
militants into our side of the LoC,” he said. “The infiltration attempt has
been foiled but searches are still going on in the area.” Police sources said that
the dead soldier was from 3 Naga regiment and that two other soldiers were
“The Indian Army retaliated to the Pakistan firing.
The firing has now stopped,” said a senior police officer. The Indian Army
guards the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir while the Border Security Force (BSF) is
deployed along the international border in Jammu and Kashmir.
Meanwhile, Defence Minister Arun Jaitley told
parliament that the army had been giving “befitting reply” to ceasefire
violations by Pakistan. “India will keep retaliating to such violations, India
won't and will never bow down,” he told the Rajya Sabha.
Jaitley said 199 cases of violations of the 2003
ceasefire took place during the Congress-led UPA-II regime (2009-14). The
minister said the government was ready to provide compensation to people in
villages near the LoC if their houses were damaged in the firing by Pakistanis.
“The government will also provide financial assistance
to the farmers who are unable to (farm) following cross border firing.” Congress
leader Ghulam Nabi Azad said Pakistan had violated the ceasefire along the
Jammu and Kashmir border 25 times since Narendra Modi became the prime minister
in May 2014.