May 21, 2018

'India will continue to give befitting reply to Pakistan'

06 February 2018, 02:16 | Rufus Hill

J&K: Four soldiers, including Army Captain, killed in Pakistani firing in Rajouri district

4 Army soldiers killed in LoC shelling

Last few weeks have seen bloody skirmishes along the worldwide border as well as the line of control, the de facto frontier, between India and Pakistan.

Veeri said the process of reconciliation initiated by the then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vaypayee in 2003 needs be taken forward for everlasting peace in the State.

Pakistani army violated ceasefire and opened fire upon army's 15 Jak Li posts at Bhimber Gali sector late today evening resulting into the killing of four army men including an officer.

A 25-year-old woman, identified as Tasleem Begum, daughter of Mohammad Sadiq, embraced martyrdom in Plani village, he said and added two other civilians were also injured in the Indian firing.

No loss of life or property has been reported till now. "The firing from both the sides stopped at around 7.45 pm", said J&K's minister for parliamentary affairs, Abdur Rehman Veeri. Overall, this whole incident will make you all disappointing because it is really unfortunate and Pakistani forces are violating since long time even Indian forces say there have been over 130 instances of ceasefire violations by Pakistan last month.

On the death of four Army personnel on Sunday, he said, "There has been cross-border shelling from their (Pakistan's) side".

Union Minister for MSME, Giriraj Singh also slammed Pakistan for the ceasefire violations and said, "Have faith in the Indian Army".

"I don't think the situation will get better in the short term".

The three other martyred soldiers were Riflemen Ramavatar, 27, from Madhya Pradesh's Gwalior, Subham Singh, 23, from Kathua and Havilder Roshan Lal, 43, from Samba in Jammu and Kashmir.

Director General at the South Asian Desk at the Foreign Ministry Mohammad Faisal summoned the Indian Deputy High Commissioner and condemned the cross-LoC shelling.

Defence experts, however, stated that with India adopting a policy of strategic restraint, not only was infiltration along the border increasing, it was also giving an impetus to Pakistan to increase episodic firing on India-largely as a means of providing cover fire to infiltrating terrorists. However, the violation of the truce has still been continuing.

Opposition National Conference and ruling BJP Monday staged protests in the assembly on the continuous cross-border firing along the Line of Control (LoC).

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