Published: Sat, September 23, 2017
Science | By Boyd Webster

Soldier killed as Pak violates ceasefire in Keran sector; Army pays tribute

Soldier killed as Pak violates ceasefire in Keran sector; Army pays tribute

An Army soldier was killed and three others injured in sniper fire from the Pakistani side along the Line of Control (LoC) in Keran sector of north Kashmir's Kupwara district on Wednesday.

The Indian Army's director-general of military operations, Lt. Gen. A.K. Bhatt, told his Pakistani counterpart, Maj. India said that the cease fire violations were initiated by Pakistan and the BSF had only responded appropriately.

The Pakistani troops also targeted Indian posts in Samba sector.

Pakistani troops had earlier violated ceasefire on the global border (IB) in the Jammu district consecutively for four days.

Quoting the Pakistan Foreign Office, the newspaper said that the acting foreign secretary urged the Indian envoy to respect the 2003 ceasefire agreement and investigate the rising number of violations.

The telephonic exchange at around 1.30 pm took place at the behest of the Pakistani side.

Kashmiri resistance groups in Jammu Kashmir have been fighting against Indian rule for independence, or for unification with neighboring Pakistan.

In a strong reply to Pakistan's statement at the 36th Human Rights Council Sessions, Indian Foreign Service (IFS) Officer Dr. Vishnu Reddy said Pakistan has been the face of global terrorism.

"Pakistani troops resorted to unprovoked firing along the LoC in the early hours today".

According to the ISPR, Lt Gen Haq was briefed about ceasefire violations during his visit. The same was conveyed at the DGMO level meet between India and Pakistan. "The violation clearly undermines all existing understandings on the issue", said the media wing of the Pakistan Army. They hold talks whenever either side understands the need to iron out differences or raise concerns over issues along the global border of the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir.

While reaffirming the India's Army's commitment to maintaining peace and tranquility along the LoC, the DGMO reiterated that this can only be achieved if there was a reciprocal effort from Pakistan.

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