Indian Army personnel deputed in the area also retaliated and exchange of fire took place between the two sides Credit: File image

New Delhi: In yet another instance of ceasefire violation along the Line of Control (LoC) by Pakistan, an Indian Army jawan was killed in the Nowshera sector of Rajouri district around 6.30 on Saturday morning.

It is reported that Pakistan violated the ceasefire by resorting to mortar shelling and small arms firing on forward posts and villages along the LoC.

The Indian Army personnel deputed in the area also retaliated and an exchange of fire between the two sides was on till the filing of this report. The martyred soldier has been identified as Lance Naik Sandeep Thapa (35), a resident of Dehradun.

Earlier on August 15, at least three Pakistan Army soldiers were killed in the Indian security forces’ response to the firing from across the border. Pakistan violated ceasefire in Uri and Rajouri sectors of Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday.

Calling as “fictitious”, the Indian Army also denied the Pakistan military’s claim of killing five Indian soldiers during a cross-border firing along the Line of Control (LoC) in J&K.

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The Indian Army befittingly retaliated to the ceasefire violation by the Pakistani troops. The three Pakistani soldiers, who were killed in the ceasefire violations, were identified as Naik Tanveer, Sepoy Ramazan and Lance Naik Taimoor.

In the last few days, Pakistani forces have scaled up ceasefire violations enhancing mortar shelling and heavy firing. The last big ceasefire violation was on July 30 when an infiltration bid was foiled in which four terrorists were killed.

Last month, two army personnel and a 10-day old baby were killed and several civilians injured in heavy Pakistani shelling and firing in the twin districts of Poonch and Rajouri in Jammu region.

It is observed that Pakistan has already intensified its anti-Indian approach, especially along the LoC following the Government of India’s recent stand on Article 370.

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