Rawalpindi (February 19, 2018): Pakistan Army’s retaliatory fire across the border after unprovoked Indian firing at the Line of Control (LoC) left two Indian soldiers killed while a check post was destroyed.
In a tit-for-tat action, Pakistan Army on Monday destroyed an Indian army post across the Line of Control and killed two soldiers hours after a Pakistani minor boy lost his life in Indian firing on a border village.
“Pakistan Army troops neutralised [an] Indian post which targeted a minor along [the] LoC,” killing two soldiers, the military’s media wing said in a brief statement
Nearly two hours earlier, Director General of Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor had said in a tweet that an eight-year-old boy named Ayan was killed due to Indian firing in Janjot Bahadar village of Azad Jammu and Kashmir’s Kotli district.
“Use of Pellet guns in Indian Occupied Kashmir (IOK) and blatant targeting of innocent unarmed civilians across LOC exposes true Indian face.,” a military statement read.
In 2018, Indian forces have carried out more than 335 ceasefire violations along the LoC and the Working Boundary, resulting in the martyrdrom of 14 innocent civilians and injuries to 65 others.
This unprecedented escalation in ceasefire violations by India is continuing from the year 2017 when the Indian forces committed more than 1,970 ceasefire violations.A statement of the foreign office had stated earlier this year: “The deliberate targeting of civilian populated areas is indeed deplorable and contrary to human dignity, international human rights and humanitarian laws. The ceasefire violations by India are a threat to regional peace and security and may lead to a strategic miscalculation.”
Ceasefire violation in AJK
Earlier on February 15, five Indian soldiers were killed after Indian unprovoked cross-border fire was retaliated by Pakistan Army.“Indian Army post on LOC targeting innocent citizens destroyed by Pak Army troops in Tatta Pani (Hot Spring) sector. Five Indian soldiers killed, many injured. Indian terrorism against innocent citizens shall be responded befittingly,” ISPR had reported on February 15.
Retaliation by the military was reported after Indian troops targeted a school van in Battal sector of Azad Jammu and Kashmir and martyred the driver.