Six killed as Indian, Pakistan soldiers trade fire in Kashmir

Six killed as Indian, Pakistan soldiers trade fire in Kashmir

Six killed as Indian, Pakistan soldiers trade fire in Kashmir

Two more civilians have been injured.

"He was a fearless and honest soldier who loved his job to the core", added defence spokesman, Lt. Col. Manish Mehta.

In a statement issued from army headquarters, the army said, "Pakistan Army initiated unprovoked firing on Indian Army posts in Rajouri sector at around 0730h today".

Defence spokesman Col Rajesh Kalia said Pakistani troops resorted to heavy shelling and firing on forwarding areas and border hamlets in Rajouri district at around 7.30 am on Monday which was strongly and effectively retaliated by the Indian army.

He said India violated the ceasefire 315 times in 2014, 248 in 2015, and 382 in 2016 while this year so far the number of such violations had risen to 580.

"A mortar shell fired by Pakistani troops in Balakote sector in Poonch landed on an army bunker".

Major General Sahir Shamshad Mirza called up the Indian DGMO on a hotline to lodge a protest with him over the attack on a Pakistan army vehicle by Indian forces along the Line of Control (LoC). A soldier was also martyred in the firing. An Indian soldier, Lance Naik Mohammed Nasser (35), a resident of Poonch, had died in the firing.

The last DGMO-level talks took place on 5th June this year on the request of the Pakistan side.

"Two civilians have been seriously injured".

Bhatt clarified that the Indian Army did not target any one in particular and opened fire in response to Pakistani firing in the same sector killing two Indian soldiers.

As a result, the vehicle carrying four soldiers fell into Neelam River, it said. There were 382 in 2016, 248 in 2015 and 315 in 2014, he said.

India had then declared it would "pro-actively dominate" the LoC by destroying Pak Army posts aiding infiltration, as was reported by TOI.

They said that entry of the tourists in the valley has been stopped temporarily due to possible threats.

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