Army soldier killed in Pak firing


Pakistan Army resorted to unprovoked firing on Indian Army posts in Rajouri sector today in which Lance Naik Mohammed Naseer was grievously injured, who later succumbed to his injuries.

The firing from across border was effectively retaliated. In fire exchange, Lance Naik Naseer,35, who belongs to village Ajout, tehsil Haveli of district Poonch was killed. He is  survived by his wife  Wasim Akhtar.

“Lance Naik Mohammed Naseer, was a brave and sincere soldier. He loved his job to the core. The nation will always remain indebted to him for the supreme sacrifice and devotion to duty,’’ said a defence official.

Earlier  on July 12, two army men were shot dead in the firing from across the Line of Control (LoC) by the Pakistan troopers in the  Kupwara district of north Kashmir. An official said that two soldiers of Jammu and Kashmir Rifles were killed in sniper fire from Pakistan in Furkiya area of Chowkibal today. The deceased were identified as Lance Naik L N Ranjit Singh and Rifleman Satish Bhagat, said the official.

The incident is the latest one that marks an escalation in the tensions between Indian and Pakistani troopers along the border.  The armed force personnel had on Monday, foiled an infiltration bid along the Line of Control (LoC) in Naugam sector of north Kashmir, killing two militants.

“Suspicious movement was noticed along the LoC in Naugam sector last night and the terrorists were tracked till dawn, when they were challenged by troops,” an army official said.

Earlier Pakistan  claimed that two teenagers were killed while a civilian was injured as Indian troops resorted to heavy firing along the border.

Pakistan claimed that two teenagers were killed and another was injured in when Indian troops resorted to “unprovoked shelling” across the LoC and the casualties occurred in Tatta Pani sector of southern Kotli district of Pakistan administered Kashmir (PaK). The firing along the borders has continued unabated amid the escalation in the infiltration attempts from across the border. Border Security Force (BSF) personnel said that the Pakistani rangers earlier carried out indiscriminate firing on Indian positions on the international border in Samba district.

The firing along the border has continued even as the increasing number of militants are trying to sneak into the Indian side. Six  militants were earlier killed after Army foiled an infiltration bid  at Uri as they were trying to sneak into this side. The Army has stepped up the vigil and the combing operations. Indian Army launched a punitive strike on 9 May and destroyed two Pakistan army bunkers across the LoC. On 23 May, the army also released a video of the military action that showed heavy artillery destroying bunkers and shelters. Since then the incidents of cross border skirmishes have only intensified.

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