NEW DELHI: India and Pakistan have been exchanging heavy artillery fire at the Tangdhar sector near the Line of Control (LoC) in north Kashmir after Pakistan violated the ceasefire agreement this afternoon. The artillery fire started after an Indian soldier died in mortar shelling by Pakistan in Jammu's Sunderbani sector and two Pakistani soldiers were killed in retaliatory fire by India.
Pakistan has been violating ceasefire since morning at multiple locations along LoC including Uri, Tangdhar, Keran and Sunderbani, ANI reported quoting army sources. Indian Army in retaliation targeted suspected terrorist launch pads and new positions being built on the other side of LoC.
The Army, in a statement, condoled the death of the soldier. "In the exchange of fire, Naik Krishan Lal attained martyrdom. Naik Krishan Lal, aged 34 years belonged to Village Ghagriyal, Post Office Khour, Tehsil Akhnoor, District Jammu, J&K and is survived by his wife, Smt Shashi Devi. Naik Krishan Lal was a brave, highly motivated and sincere soldier. The Nation will always remain indebted to him for the supreme sacrifice and devotion to duty," the army said in a statement.
"Heavy damage to Pak Army posts and casualties to Pak soldiers have been inflicted by own troops," the statement added.
Meanwhile, due to heavy clashes between India and Pakistan at LoC, all educational institutions in Karnah Sub Division of North Kashmir’s Kupwara will remain closed tomorrow.
Artillery guns were used by both sides right after the Balakot air strike by India in February, but south of Pir Panjal in the Jammu region. Artillery fire exchange north of Pir Panjal in Kashmir took place only once in January this year. In 2017, artillery guns were used once in the Poonch and Rajouri sectors.
On Monday, three civilians were injured in Poonch when Pakistan fired at the Indian side. Of those three injured, a 10-day-old baby had succumbed to injuries.
INFILTRATION BID FOILED
Meanwhile, an infiltration bid was foiled in the Gurez sector of Kashmir today. Two terrorists were killed in Kanzalwan while attempting to infiltrate. Movement was observed near LoC at 11.30 a.m. At around 2 p.m., firing started from Pakistani side to assist the infiltrators. Indian troops retaliated and cross-border firing was reported till reports last came in.