Four Soldiers Killed After Pakistani Firing In Disputed Kashmir

3 Army personnel martyred in ceasefire violation by Pakistan. PTI file

3 Army personnel martyred in ceasefire violation by Pakistan. PTI file

Earlier this week, junior home minister Hansraj Ahir informed the Lok Sabha that 881 ceasefire violations took place along the Line of Control (LoC) and the International Border (IB) in Jammu and Kashmir this year, killing at least 30 people including soldiers.

Four soldiers - three Lance Naiks and a Major of the 120 Infantry Brigade - were killed while another one was injured.

However, among the injured, three soldiers including the major succumbed later, the spokesman said, adding the soldiers manning the fence retaliated the fire strongly and effectively. Indian troops were retaliating effectively, the officer said.

Hailing from Bhandara in Maharashtra, Major Moharkar Prafulla Ambadas, 32, is survived by wife Avoli Moharkar.

The violation comes two days after Pakistan Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa said that he supports peace talks with India.

Responding to the gravest provocation, the Indian Army gave befitting reply to the Pakistan Army escalating tension in the region.

On Friday evening, Pakistani troops had violated ceasefire along the LoC in Nowshera sector of the same district.

The unrest, including the cross-border firing, also killed 78 Indian security forces and 57 civilians in Indian-administered Kashmir, according to officials and rights groups.

Last year, Indian and Pakistani soldiers engaged in some of the worst fighting along the Line of Control since the two countries agreed to the cease-fire accord.

A defence spokesman said Pakistani troops targeted the Army patrol at Brat Galla in Keri sector at around 1215 hours.

Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti and Deputy CM Nirmal Singh both paid rich tributes to the martyrs and conveyed their heartfelt sympathies to the families.

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