Ceasefire violation by Pakistani troops kills Indian soldier in Jammu

Indian troops guarding the LoC retaliated with gunfire. (Representative image) Photograph:( Getty )

WION Jammu Oct 16, 2016, 06.12 PM (IST)

An Indian Army soldier was killed after Pakistani troops violated ceasefire across along the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir's Rajouri district on Sunday, Indian news agency PTI reported.

"There was ceasefire violation by Pakistani troops along LoC in Rajouri sector resulting in death of a soldier today," a senior Army officer said about the incident which took place in the evening.

Pakistani troops violated the ceasefire twice in the day. A defence spokesperson said that there was unprovoked firing by the Pakistani troops in the Naushera sector of the same district earlier in the day.

The ceasefire violations by Pakistan took place on a day when India hosted leaders of a number of countries, including Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping, for BRICS and BIMSTEC Summits.

He said Indian troops guarding the LoC retaliated but no one was injured in that exchange.

A senior army officer alleged that there have been over 25 ceasefire violations by Pakistan across the LoC after the Indian army's surgical strikes on September 29. The strikes were carried out in retaliation for the Uri attack by Pakistani militants in Kashmir that killed 19 soldiers.

Recent instances of ceasefire violations by Pakistan

Five civilians and four Indian soldiers were injured in unprovoked firing by Pakistani troops in Poonch district. Nine Pakistani soldiers were injured after Indian troops retaliated, the army officer told PTI.

On October 8, Pakistani troops fired on Indian posts along the Mendhar-Krishnagati sector in Pooch district. One soldier was injured.

On October 5, Pakistan violated the ceasefire thrice in three sectors of Poonch and Rajouri, resorting to heavy firing and mortar shelling on several Indian posts and civilian areas.

On October 4, Pakistan violated the ceasefire five times, targeting Indian posts and civilian areas across the LoC in four areas of Jammu, Poonch and Rajouri.

On October 3, Pakistan violated the ceasefire four times and resorted to heavy firing and mortar shelling in various sectors in Poonch.

On October 2, Pakistan resorted to firing and shelling along the LoC in forward areas in Pallanwala belt of Jammu.

On October 1, Pakistani troops had shelled Indian posts and civilian areas with mortar bombs, RPGS and HMGS amid small arms firing along LoC in Pallanwala of Jammu.

On September 30, Pakistani troops restored to small arms firing along the LoC in Pallanwala, Chaprial, Samnam areas of Akhnoor sector of Jammu district.

(WION with inputs from PTI)