India and Pakistan trade accusations over deadly shooting

India and Pakistan trade accusations over deadly shooting

Four soldiers were killed and another injured in the shelling that was carried out by Pakistani army across the LOC (Line of Control) in the Jammu and Kashmir's Rajouri district.

The Army had said that the Pakistani troops used small and medium automatic weapons and mortar guns to target the Indian forward posts and civilian areas in these sectors.

Army jawans take positions along LoC in Rajouri on Monday, a day after shelling by Pakistani forces killed four soldiers.

Pakistan army responded effectively to Indian posts targeting civilians, said the ISPR.

While there were no ceasefire violations by Pakistan reported along the global border since January 22, intermittent shelling has taken place along the LoC.

"That (retaliation) goes without saying".

It may be recalled that four Army personnel including a Captain were martyred on Sunday in ceasefire violation by Pakistan.

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On Jan 28, three civilians were injured after Indian forces opened unprovoked fire across LoC in Kashmir.

For seventy years Pakistan has controlled Kashmir's northern area, and India, the south, where a half a million Indian military members are now deployed. "An officer and three soldiers were killed and two others injured", said a defence source.

Mushahid Hussain said Pakistan would continue political, moral and diplomatic support to struggle movement of Kashmiri people and resolution of the dispute as per United Nations resolutions. Usually the Pakistan Army uses 80mm mortars.

In another ceasefire violation in Bandi Chacian sector in Poonch, he said one Army jawan, Sepoy and two civilians, Yaseen Arif and Gulnaz Akhter, sustained injuries.

Meanwhile, in the wake of the ceasefire 84 schools were closed in the district.

"It is an insult to all those soldiers who fought infiltration and cross-border terrorism since 1947 and to those who fought the 1971 war with Pakistan after which Bangladesh was created", he said.