The Army has launched a massive assault on Pakistan along the Line of Control in Poonch and Rajouri districts, a day after three Indian soldiers were killed and the body of one of them was mutilated in Machil sector of Kupwara district in northern Kashmir. The counter-offensive follows the Army Northern Command vow that “retribution will be heavy for this cowardly act”.
Brigadier, Northern Command, S Gotra said that a counter-offensive, in retaliation to Tuesday’s ambush on the Army patrol in Machhil sector of Kashmir, is under way. Defence PRO Manish Mehta, too, said Indian Army posts are responding strongly and giving a befitting reply.
Pakistan Army has also reportedly fired at Indian posts along the LoC in Bhimber Gali, Krishna Ghati and Nowshera sectors.
This is the second such incident of mutilation of the body of an Indian soldier in the same sector since October 28 when terrorists had crossed the LoC and killed an Indian Army soldier and mutilated his body.
Meanwhile, Pakistan was involved in yet another ceasefire violation in Bhimber Gali, Krishna Ghati and Nowshera sectors on Wednesday, according to news agency ANI,
Earlier on Tuesday, the Army had neutralised two foreign militants in Bandipora district and recovered Rs 2,000 notes along with the ammunition on them.
Meanwhile, a Pakistani intruder was also killed in firing by Border Security Forces (BSF) along the International Border in RS Pura sector of Jammu district. According to reports, the intruder was challenged by troops and was shot when he did not pay heed.
Earlier, a BSF head constable was killed and five others were injured on Monday when Pakistani troops resorted to heavy mortar shelling on forward Indian positions and civilian areas at separate places along the Line of Control in J&K.
Over 290 incidents of firing and shelling along the LoC and the International Border by Pakistani troops have been witnessed since Indian army conducted surgical strikes on terrorist launch pads in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir on September 29.
With PTI inputs