Last week, China had objected to the formation of Ladakh as a Union Territory, saying it undermined its territorial sovereignty. It had also expressed “serious concern” about the situation in the region and said “relevant sides need to exercise restraint and act prudently”.
Over the last three days, past many twists and turns, a rare story of heart and heartbreak played out in Achoora village in Gurez valley along the LoC in North Kashmir. On Thursday, the body of Aabid Sheikh was handed over to the Pakistan Army.
Identified as Irshad Ahmed of Kotli Gujjran village in PoK opposite India’s Nowshera sector, the deceased had got electrocuted while making way through the barbed wire fence on the Indian side of the LoC on the intervening night of July 22-23.
Meanwhile, BSF foiled an infiltration attempt from across the international border and captured alive a Pakistani intruder in an injured condition in Samba sector. His identity is yet to be ascertained.
Soldier Chandu Babulal Chavan, who had "inadvertently" strayed across the Line of Control (LoC) in 2016 after the surgical strikes and spent nearly four months in captivity in Pakistan, has sought premature retirement.
"The Pakistani forces have exerted great restraint but this restraint should not be construed as a sign of weakness. Any Indian misadventure on the LoC and Working Boundary can lead to a strategic miscalculation," Foreign Office spokesman Mohammad Faisal said.
The two major changes from the old fence are in the use of a strong, circular pole instead of traditional iron picket and a different type of concertina coil. Read more at: https://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-others/coming-a-new-winter-proof-loc-fence-with-sensors-and-night-vision-cameras/#sthash.lsxoPgnp.dpuf