In retaliatory attack, Indian troop guns down Pakistani soldier in J&K’s Jhangar

At least a dozen people, including civilians and soldiers, have been killed in nearly 300 incidents of ceasefire violations along the border in 2017 — a sharp rise from the 228 such incidents last year.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: December 24, 2017 6:17 pm
Pakistan firing in J&K The incident comes a day after four soldiers, including a Major, were killed in a similar ceasefire violation in Rajouri district. (File photo)

In a retaliatory attack to the cross border firing that claimed the lives of four soldier, Indian troops on Sunday gunned down a Pakistani soldier along the Line of Control in Jhangar sector in Jammu and Kashmir, Army sources said. The incident occurred at 1100 am when a Pakistan army sniper was seen taking a position and ‘neutralised’.

A day after four Indian soldiers, including a Major, were killed in a ceasefire violation from across the Line of Control in Keri sector of Rajouri district, Pakistani troops resorted to unprovoked firing on forward Indian positions in Shahpur area of J&K’s Poonch district.

Pointing out that the attack by Pakistani troops came around 12 noon, sources said they resorted to firing small arms, automatics and mortars. The Indian troops retaliated and the exchange of fire was going on till reports last came in the evening, sources said. “Firing and shelling exchanges started at 1.30 pm, and were continuing,” the official added.

Meanwhile, ANI reported that gunshots were heard in the militant hotbed of south Kashmir’s Shopian district. The sound of firearms were heard from Arem Mohallah Watoo village and the Army and police have launched a joint cordon and search operation.

On Sunday, a tenuous calm prevailed along the LoC in Rajouri district where the four Indian soldiers – Major Moharkar Prafulla Ambadas, Lance Naik Gurmail Singh, Lance Naik Kuldeep Singh and Sepoy Pargat Singh – were killed on Saturday.

Major Ambadas (32) belonged to Maharashtra’s Bhandara district and is survived by his wife Avoli Moharkar. Lance Naik Gurmail Singh (34) hailed from Amritsar and is survived by his wife Kuljit Kaur and a daughter, while Lance Naik Kuldeep Singh, 30, belonged to Bhatinda, Punjab, and he is survived by his wife Jaspreet Kaur and two children. Sepoy Singh (30) was from Karnal and is survived by his wife Ramanpreet Kaur and a son.

Northern Army Commander Lt General D Anbu and other officials paid homage to Major Ambadas and Lance Naik Kuldeep Singh, who succumbed to their injuries after being airlifted to Command Hospital at Udhampur from Rajouri.

The ceasefire violation on Saturday occured around 12.15 pm and such a large-scale escalation of unprovoked firing caught the Indian side by surprise. Though there have been stray incidents in the adjoining Nowshera sector of small arms firing from the Pakistan side, such a high number of casualties has come after a month.

Sources attributed the ceasefire violation to a “growing desperation” on the Pakistan side to “push in armed terrorists” into India before closure of the mountain passes this winter. The security forces and the police have killed over 200 militants, including many top commanders, this year.

At least a dozen people, including civilians and soldiers, have been killed in nearly 300 incidents of ceasefire violations along the border in 2017 — a sharp rise from the 228 such incidents last year.

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    Michelle:Vedic:human
    Dec 25, 2017 at 2:36 am
    The filthy illegitimate and illiterate Mohammed Jinnah,----a convert MUZZIE,--son of kashtrya Gujarati Hindu parents,---JINNABHAI POONJA and METHIBEN POONJA,----PORKIS should not forget that HINDU GENES still runs in their blood and that the man who created PORKISTAN,----his biological BAAP was a HINDU,---so PORKIS should note that we HINDUS RISHTEY MEIN TUMARE BAAP LAGTEY HEIN,---Jai Hnd.
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      Michelle:Vedic:human
      Dec 25, 2017 at 2:36 am
      Bhuttos originally migrated to Sindh in the early 18th century from the neighboring region of RAJ-PUT-A-NA now RAJA-STHAN in India). Bhutto's paternal ancestors were Hindu Rajputs, who converted to Islam in the late 17th century. Sheto was the first member of the Bhutto family, who converted to Islam, to reap tax exemptions for Muslims, during Mughal emperor Aurangzeb's reign. Following the conversion he took the ti-t-LE of khan becoming Sheto Khan. In Sindh, Bhuttos biological mother LAKHI BAI was forced to convert to Islam, Bhuttos under Sheto first settled at Ratodero, a few miles north of Larkana.---Jai hind.
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        Michelle:Vedic:human
        Dec 25, 2017 at 2:32 am
        Kusha or Kusa (Sanskrit: कुश) and his twin brother Lava were the children of Lord Rama and Sita. He was the ruler of the kingdom centered at Kasur in ancient times. His brother Lava founded Lavapuri (current day city of A legend based on oral traditions holds that Lahore, known in ancient times as Lavapuri(City of Lava in Sanskrit), was founded by Prince Lava, the son of Sita and Rama Kasurwas founded by his twin brother Prince Kusha. To this day, Lahore Fort has a vacant Lava temple dedicated to Lava (also pronounced Loh, hence Loh-awar or "The Fort of Loh"). -so Pakistan it self is occupying the land of the Hindus----Jai hind.
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        1. Ehsan Habib
          Dec 24, 2017 at 10:24 pm
          Strange, No sane voice telling Indians that the Major was part of an Occupation. He died while trying to enforce occupation. Kashmir does not belong to India, the largest concentration of troops today on the planet compared to Civilian population is in Indian held Kashmir. Britain compared with India, was a far big military and economic power house, but still had to vacate American colonies. USSR couldn't hold Afghanistan, USA after 16 years engagement with Taliban isn't anywhere near in sight of victory. India is a Minnow, will vacate.
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          1. Andy KKG
            Dec 24, 2017 at 10:37 pm
            Britain still holds Northern Ireland ... :) Kashmir is more like Northern Ireland .. Will be with India for ever .... Want prediction ? I predict Pakistan will go Bankrupt and break up into cons uent pieces in Obsession of Kashmir .. the beneficiaries will be Afghanistan (which will get the pashtun parts of Pakistan) and Iran
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            1. Prasanta Mishra
              Dec 24, 2017 at 10:38 pm
              chup pig paki.
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              1. Ramesh Nittoor
                Dec 24, 2017 at 10:45 pm
                Kashmir has a shared history of centuries. It has a very deep rooted Shaivite heritage that precedes Islam by several centuries. It has a strong Buddhist tradition spanning over two thousand years. You can not displace the native non-Islamists, the parallel you hold forth of Vietnam, Afghanistan and British is invalid here. Par ion gave the lands lawfully to India, and Islam is totally safe in not just Kashmir but all of India. A secular, modern, civil democracy is what India about. Earlier, while India was not that strong, it was difficult to hold fort lawfully, but now intensity and reach of lawful conduct is improving day by day prosperity is also improving. The multi-factor indices of freedom, economic, social, religious, intellectual , political, is being delivered by Indian state to her citizens in a far better fashion now, than Pakistan ever will in near future. Request you to think deeper and consider all aspects.
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                1. Andy KKG
                  Dec 24, 2017 at 10:46 pm
                  In my family there was this Cousin who was obsessed that his parents did not distribute their estate fairly. He wanted one piece of property desperately. He fought for that property through various means .. courts, threats and cunning means .. would appeal to all and sundry .. Now he is in his 50s, what he did not realize was that he was not able to focus on his career because he was obsessed with this property he was obsessed about - so lost his job. He slowly spent more and more of his money (as he lost in lower courts) .. he even mortgaged and lost his own inheritance he received .... He is close to bankruptcy .. lost his property, career, family , prestige, kids are not educated .... all for the obsession of this property. The only winners in this story are the lawyers who have made a living off this guy. I think Pakistan's story is the same. Instead of improving and taking care of what they have, they are losing it to China in obsession with Kashmir.
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                    harith
                    Dec 24, 2017 at 10:55 pm
                    looser POK, Punjab and Sindh belong to India vacate them first free baloochi and rest to agghanustan down the line, you will be forced to vacate other wise
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                      harith
                      Dec 24, 2017 at 10:57 pm
                      pakistan will be back under our flag soon and you guys will be icked out to middles east
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                      1. Ramesh Nittoor
                        Dec 24, 2017 at 11:38 pm
                        USA after 16 years engagement with Taliban isn't anywhere near in sight of victory. India is a Minnow, will vacate. --- Yes, victory is not in place, but the new policy is to persist until victory is attained by Afghan state over the non-state actors. So it is a fight to finish. If Pakistan does not cooperate, the option of treating it as a terrorist state is near certain, and it would be a two-front war. Better for Pakistan to see reason, not be a pawn of Chinese game. India-US put together can outthink Chinese and outmatch them in any confrontation.
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                        1. Ramesh Nittoor
                          Dec 25, 2017 at 2:05 am
                          Habib Saheb, your angreji is pretty good, must be a graduate or likely even more educated. Think of fellow Indians with the same name. There is Irfan Habib, a giant among historians, who wrote about Mughal India, its kal-karkhanas these are pioneering work. There used to be a football player, captain of East Bengal Habib and his brother Akbar. There are probably as many Muslims in India as in Pakistan, and believe me they are doing bit better.
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                        2. Prasanta Mishra
                          Dec 24, 2017 at 9:54 pm
                          only one against fourty promised.
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