Army officer, three soldiers martyred in Pakistan firing on LoC in Rajouri

Army officer, three soldiers martyred in Pakistan firing on LoC in Rajouri

Army officer, three soldiers martyred in Pakistan firing on LoC in Rajouri

Commenting on the recent death of four Indian jawans in Rajouri, Union MoS Home Hansraj Ahir said the Pakistani troopers are inviting mayhem by resorting to unprovoked firing.

Chand said the Indian Army has been "responding appropriately".

While the latest ceasefire violation by Pakistan claimed the lives Captain Kapil Kundu, riflemen Ram Avtar, Shubam Singh, and havaldar Roshan Lal, another soldier - another soldier Naik Iqbal is being treated for his injuries in hospital. "Our action will speak for itself", Chand said on the sidelines of a seminar here.

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"Usually small arms, LMGs and MMGs are used in the heated India-Pakistan cross-border firing across the LoC. Indian positions are effectively and strongly retaliating and heavy firing exchanges are going on between the two sides", a source told IANS.

- The next army casualty was reported on January 20, when Sepoy Mandeep Singh was killed in Pakistani shelling across the Krishna Ghati sector in J&K.

Former Northern Army Command chief, Lieutenant General D S Hooda (retd), who oversaw the September 2016 "surgical strike" attacks, said that it seemed unlikely that the situation along the LoC would get better in the short term.

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Speaking at another event, the defence minister said that Islamabad retains the right to decide the measure and modicum of response to ceasefire violations by India.

Veeri said dialogue and reconciliation is the only way to restore peace along the borders in Jammu and Kashmir and in the mainland. According to the reports, the neighboring country has violated the ceasefire an alarming 140 times during the last month, which is more than their occurrences in 2014.

Teams have been deputed for loss assessment, he said, adding that 84 schools were closed today for three days and camps have been made functional.

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