Indian solider and six-year-old girl killed in Pakistan's ceasefire violation in Kashmir, DGMO-level talks held

Indian solider and six-year-old girl killed in Pakistan's ceasefire violation in Kashmir, DGMO-level talks held

India Blooms News Service | 17 Jul 2017

Srinagar, Jul 17 (IBNS) : An Indian soldier and a six-year-old girl were killed in heavy firing along the line of control in Jammu and Kashmir as Pakistan once again violated ceasefire on Monday morning, engaging Indian troops in an exchange of fire, reports said.

The intense shelling of Indian posts and villages in Rajouri and Bhimber Gali sectors  also left a soldier and woman grievously injured as a Director Generals of Military Operations (DGMO)-level meeting over phone over the recent escalation of border clashes took place.

Naik Muddasar Ahmed was fatally injured when mortar shells hit  his bunker in Bhimber Gali sector, the army said in a statement. He was taken to a hospital but couldn’t be saved.

According to reports, Pakistani troops resorted to 'unprovoked' firing in Poonch’s Balakote,  Rajouri’s Manjakote and Bhimber Gali sectors from small arms automatic weapons and  mortars.

A six-year-old girl,  Saida Kafeel Kouser was killed in Poonch’s Balakote while a woman, Shah Bi, suffered shrapnel injuries in Rajouri's Manjakote.

On Saturday, an Indian Army jawan was killed in cross-border firing by Pakistani Army in Rajouri sector

Meanwhile, a  DGMO-level talk was held between India and Pakistan.

According to a the Indian Army, the DGMO meeting was held at the behest of Pakistan.

During the talks the Pak DGMO raised the issues of targeting of Pak Army troops which resulted in the death of four Pakistani soldiers and one civilian in Athmuqam Sector of Pakistan occupied Kashmir opposite Indian Keren Sector, Kupwara District.

Indian DGMO in response highlighted that all ceasefire violations were initiated by Pakistan Army and the Indian Army only responded appropriately to them.

Apart from these, firing by Indian troops was initiated against armed intruders when attempting to infiltrate from close proximity of Pak posts along the Line of Control (LC), he said.

DGMO also put across emphatically that the trend of infiltration along the LC continued with active support of Pak forward posts impacting peace and tranquillity along the LC and also the internal security situation. This was evident from continued attempts of sniping and targeting of our troops undertaken through cross border actions duly supported by Pakistani Army troops.

DGMO made it implicit that Indian Army reserved the right to retaliate appropriately to any incident of violation of ceasefire but is sincere in its effort of maintaining peace and tranquillity along the LC provided there was reciprocity.

Indian solider and six-year-old girl killed in Pakistan's ceasefire violation in Kashmir, DGMO-level talks held

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