Islamabad: Pakistan troops on Wednesday morning resorted to unprovoked mortar shelling and small arms fire on forward Indian positions in Nowshera’s Khori Baba area in Jammu and Kashmir. Indian Troops have retaliated effectively. Sources said the firing from Pakistan side started around 8.55 am and lasted till 9.10 am. There has been no casualty or damage to property on the Indian side.
The ceasefire violation by Pakistan comes nearly 36 hours after the Indian Army killed three Pakistani soldiers in a cross-LOC strike on Monday evening. Pakistan acknowledged the death of its three soldiers in the Indian action in a weekly telephone call between the two Military Operations Directorate on Tuesday.
The Indian army had also killed a Pakistani sniper along the LoC in Nowshera area on Sunday when he was taking position to fire on the Indian side.
Army sources told The Indian Express that it was a retaliatory action meant to avenge the loss of four soldiers on Saturday, adding that “It was a tit-for-tat operation.” The cross-LoC strike, sources said, was undertaken by a team of Ghatak (commando) platoon of an infantry battalion. The target was a Pakistani listening post of Baloch Regiment in the Rakh Chikri sub-sector of Rawalakot, around 250 metres on the Pakistani side of the LoC. The Ghatak team used explosives and mines, following which heavy exchange of fire took place between the two sides around 6 pm Monday.