Sunday, 20th October 2019
Two soldiers and one civilian lost their life after a ceasefire violation by Pakistan troops in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kupwara district. Three others have also been injured.
The incident took place in the Tangdhar sector of Kupwara. Two houses were also damaged in the incident.
The official sources of the Army said, that they have retaliated strongly to the unprovoked firing and launched attacks on terror camps located inside Pakistan occupied Kashmir in which four to five Pakistan Army soldiers were killed and several were injured.
Four terror launch pads in Neelam valley – opposite the Tangdhar sector of Kupwara — have been destroyed in the artillery strikes.
Last week, two army soldiers were killed in separate incidents after Pakistan fired along the Line of Control (LoC) in Baramulla and Rajouri.
Pakistan is continuously involved in targeting civilians during ceasefire violations along the Line of Control, and these violations has seen a spike since special status to Jammu and Kashmir was scrapped in August.
In July, there were 296 cases of ceasefire violations, 307 in August and 292 in September. Also September recorded 61 “calibre escalation”, implying use of mortar and heavy ammunition.
Till September this year, Pakistan had committed more than 2,050 unprovoked ceasefire violations in which 21 people died. Repeated requests had been made to Islamabad to stick to the 2003 ceasefire understanding.
But Pakistan is not a country which understands peace talks. Hence Indian Army has delivered the answer in a method they understand.
The terror camps, across LoC have been actively trying to push terrorists into Indian territory, part of Pakistan’s plan to destabilise the situation in Jammu and Kashmir, following the Centre’s move to end the state’s special status and bifurcate it into two Union Territories.
The Pakistan Army, in the unprovoked ceasefire violation, had been targeting civilian areas. The ceasefire violation from Pakistan Army was started to push infiltrators into the Indian side.
The Indian Army on Sunday used artillery guns to target terrorist camps in Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK).
Four launch pads in Neelam valley of PoK were targeted in retaliatory firing by the Indian Army in which five Pakistani Army men were killed.
Bhartiya Janta party J&K president Ravinder Raina hailed the Indian Army for destroying terror launch pads located in Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) and also slammed Pakistan Army for repeatedly committing ceasefire violations.
“Pakistan Army repeatedly commits ceasefire violation, we have seen our civilians and jawans getting killed in Kupwara sector. The Indian Army has carried out a much-needed strike on the terror camps located across the LoC in which many terrorists were there who were trying to infiltrate in the Indian side of Jammu and Kashmir,” Raina said in an interview.
Further hailing the strikes on terror camps across the LoC by the Indian Army, Raina said that it had led to the elimination of terrorists who were allegedly planning to cause terror attacks in Jammu and Kashmir.
“This is a great attempt by the Indian security forces and is befitting reply to the terrorists who were trying to infiltrate into India to cause terror attacks in Jammu and Kashmir. It is a wonderful move to eliminate the terrorist across the LoC across the Kupwara sector on the Indian side,” Raina said.
During similiar incident of caesefire in September,
Pakistan Army was forced to raise the “white flag” to recover the body of its soldiers killed by Indian Army in a robust retaliation.
The white flag is meant to signify surrender or seeking truce.
Indian Army troops had killed Sepoy Ghulam Rasool in Hajipur sector of Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (POK). Sepoy Rasool hailed from Bahawalnagar, a province in Pakistani Punjab.
Initially, Pakistani soldiers tried to recover the body by intensifying ceasefire violation. While attempting to recover a Punjabi Muslim soldier, another Pakistani Punjabi Muslim soldier was killed.
Army sources said the Pakistan Army could not recover the bodies despite repeated attempts for over two days.
On September 13, the Pakistan Army raised the white flag and recovered the bodies.
Indian Army respects the dead and so permitted the same, said sources.
It is pertinent to note that the Pakistan Army did not try to take back the bodies of its 5-7 soldiers and terrorists killed on July 30-31 in Keran sector. It is believed that those killed were not from Punjab.
Those killed in Keran sector must have been Kashmiris or soldiers from Northern Light Infantry (NLI).
Pakistan had disowned its soldiers killed in Kargil war as well, and Indian soldiers performed their last rites even on icy heights during the war.
Pakistan treats Kashmiris and NLI troops as cannon fodder. Punjabi Muslims rule the roost, whether Army, politics, social life or national resources.
Pakistan Army, which is dominated by Punjabi Muslim Generals and has more than 70 per cent of troops from that area, always tries its best to retrieve bodies of Punjabi soldiers killed in action.
Pakistan is definitely a rogue country let alone respect for international community it doesn’t even respect its own fallen soldiers
Dr Sindhu Prashanth