Officer, three soldiers killed in Pakistan firing on LoC

The army on Monday indicated it would take retaliatory action against the killing of four personnel in shelling by Pakistani forces along the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir's Rajouri district, saying its action would speak for itself.

An Indian official says Pakistan started firing artillery and small arms Sunday onto Indian positions, while a Pakistani official says Indian forces started the violence by firing onto the Pakistani side.

The Indian army claims Pakistan violated the line of control ceasefire 868 times a year ago, up from 228 instances in 2016, and 152 violations in 2015.

"The Indian Army retaliated strongly and effectively, and heavy damage has been inflicted on Pakistani Army posts", a statement by the Army said.

Meanwhile, Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif said Kashmir was the main source of enmity between Pakistan and India .

"Yesterday (Sunday) also, they again violated ceasefire". And this year the number of violations is high.

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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 four soldiers who were martyred have been identified as 22-year-old Captain Kapil Kundu, Rifleman Ramavatar, 28, Rifleman Subham Singh, 22 and 42-year-old Havilder Roshan Lal.

The NC leader said that the Vajpayee government in consultation with Pakistan gave a ceasefire agreement which needs to be restored.

Also in Siachen glacier in northern Kashmir, Indian and Pakistani troops have fought intermittently since 1984.

Talking to PTV, he said martyrdom of freedom fighter Burhan Wani had further strengthened and intensified Kashmir movement.

"Are they (Pakistan) the only ones who're firing?" According to data provided by the Union home ministry, there were a total of 583 cases of ceasefire violations along the International Border (IB) and the LoC in 2014, 405 in 2015, 449 in 2017, and 840 in 2017.

  • Toni Ryan