Srinagar: A soldier was killed after Pakistan on Saturday violated ceasefire in Nowshera in Rajouri district of Jammu and Kashmir. Sepoy Bikas Gurung was posted in Laam, according to the reports. The Nowshera ceasefire violation comes hours after there was another ceasefire violation at Arnia sector of the state. The Arnia ceasefire violation was reported at 0400 hours on Saturday morning amid the Eid-ul-Fitr celebrations across the nation.
The two continuous ceasefire violations have come two days after four Border Security Force (BSF) troopers were killed and five others injured in an unprovoked Pakistan ceasefire violation on the international border in Jammu and Kashmir. “The Pakistan Rangers targeted the Baba Chamliyal outpost in Ramgarh sector where these casualties occurred,” BSF officials said.
The victims were identified as Assistant Commandant Jatinder Singh, Sub-Inspector Rajnish Kumar, Assistant Sub-Inspector Ram Niwas and Constable Hans Raj. The injured have been shifted to an Army hospital in Jammu city. After the ceasefire violations, Pakistan condemned the “unprovoked ceasefire violations” along the Line of Control (LoC) by “Indian troops” in Chamliyal area of Samba district and summoned India’s Acting Deputy High Commissioner over the same.
“The Indian forces along the Line of Control and the Working Boundary have continuously been targeting civilian populated areas,” Pakistan said. Pakistan further alleged that unprovoked firing from the Indian side is “continuing from the year 2017”. “The ceasefire violations by India are a threat to regional peace and security and may lead to a strategic miscalculation,” the Foreign Office said.
Denying allegations of “unprovoked firing” by Indian troops, Kamal Nath Choubey, ADG, BSF, Jammu Frontier, said that “India has always maintained the sanctity of ceasefire but Pakistan has violated it”. “We are always prepared, ceasefire or no ceasefire there is no let up in border surveillance. Every instrument required to protect the territorial integrity of the border is maintained,” he added.
In other reports, massive stone pelting and clashes between youth and security forces were witnessed at Janglaat Mandi Anantnag in Jammu and Kashmir, at 6:45 AM after Namaz offerings.