India lost two soldiers in Krishna Ghati of Poonch district in Jammu and Kashmir after Pakistan violated ceasefire along Line of Control (LoC). Three soldiers are also said to be injured in the heavy firing.
A BSF constable and a jumior Commissioned Officer (JCO) of Indian Army were killed in the firing by Pakistan at a Forward Defence Location (FDL).
“At about 08:30 hours, there was heavy firing from Pakistani (army) posts at BSF posts at LoC in Krishnagati sector of Poonch district with rockets and automatic weapons”, a senior BSF officer told PTI.
A BSF’s statement on ceasefire violation by Pakistan read, “A BSF trooper and an army personnel martyred on Jammu LC facing unprovoked Pak fire . They were deployed on an FDL in Mendhar area.”
A #BSF trooper and an army personnel martyred on Jammu LC facing unprovoked Pak fire . They were deployed on an FDL in Mendhar area.
— BSF (@BSF_India) May 1, 2017
Prior to this also, Pakistan had broken ceasefire in the same sector on 19th and 8th of last month.
“In 2016 there were 228 instances of ceasefire violation along the LoC, while there were 221 instances of ceasefire violation along the International Border (IB),” a report by newsagency said.
The ceasefire violation comes a day after Pakistan’s army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa visited the Line of Control. He said his country would continue to support the “political struggle” of the Kashmiris for the right of “self-determination”.
Bajwa, who toured the areas in the Haji Pir sector. He accused India of “state-sponsored” terrorism in Kashmir.
According to PTI, “Bajwa alleged that India was not only involved in aggression against the people in Kashmir but also against the people living on the Pakistani side of the LoC and the Working Boundary.”
He also said that in ‘desperation’, India is targeting innocent people in Kashmir, reports The Nation.
During the visit, he was also briefed about the operational preparation of Pakistan army along the LoC.