A soldier was killed and another injured Tuesday as Pakistani troops resorted to heavy mortar shelling at various places along the Line of Control in Nowshera, Balakote and Mankote areas of Rajouri and Poonch districts.
Army confirmed death of a soldier in Pakistani shelling. Sources identified the deceased as Naik Pritam Singh. Another Sepoy Harvinder Singh was injured, sources said, adding that both were inside a vehicle when a mortar shell fell near it in Nowshera sector.
Meanwhile, Army said that “heavy damage (was caused) to Pak posts. Exchange of fire (has been) continuing’’. Pointing out that Pakistani troops were using 120 mm and 82 mm mortars, besides automatics and small arms, defence ministry spokesperson Lt Colonel Manish Mehta said “they were being responded to befittingly by our own troops’’.
Sources said that Pakistani firing first hit Jhangar area of Nowshera sector around 8.30 am, and soon it spread to Lam and Kalal areas. After a few hours, they resorted to firing in Balakote and Mankote in Mendhar sub division of Poonch district. The exchange of fire between the two sides was continuing till reports last came in.
Ever since India carried out surgical strikes across the LoC causing significant damage to terrorists and those shielding them, Pakistan has resorted to regular ceasefire violations, with a total of18 people, including 12 civilians, being killed and over 80 injured. A day earlier, it fired mortar shells on civilian areas in Balakote and Mankote.