Pakistan Army shelling injures soldier on LoC

Jammu, Oct 8 (IANS) The Pakistan Army on Saturday injured a soldier when it targeted military and civilian positions on the Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir.

Police sources said the Indian soldier was injured in unprovoked shelling and firing by the Pakistani side in Mendhar sector of Jammu region. He has been shifted to an Army base hospital for treatment.

“Pakistan used 120 mm and 82 mortar shells to target army and civilian positions. Their mortar shells have fallen close to civilian areas.

“Pakistan shelling and firing started at 5 a.m. and stopped at 6.30 a.m. after the Indian Army effectively retaliated using same calibre weapons,” a police official said here.

Pakistan has been violating the ceasefire since the Indian Army on September 29 carried out surgical strikes to destroy terror launch pads across the Line of Control in Pakistan-administered Kashmir. The bilateral ceasefire agreement was signed in 2003.

There is a 740 km long LoC in Jammu and Kashmir and 200 km long international border with Pakistan.

The LoC is guarded by the army on both the sides while the Border Security Force (BSF) guards the international border in India and Pakistan Rangers guard it in Pakistan.