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2 porters injured LoC firing
JAMMU, Sep 7: Two porters engaged by the Army were injured in firing by Pakistani troops along the Line of Control (LoC) in Shahpur Kerni sector of Poonch district on Thursday.

Defence spokesman Lt Col Manish Mehta said the Pakistan army initiated unprovoked and indiscriminate firing of small arms and automatic weapons from 11.45 AM.

Indian soldiers retaliated, and the exchange of gunfire stopped ten minutes later.

“The injured people have been taken to the nearest hospital. Their condition is said to be stable,” Lt Col Mehta said.

The porters were identified as Farooq Ahmed and Mushtaq Ali both residents of Shahpur.

Another army official said the main aim of the ceasefire violations by Pakistani troops is to push militants into Jammu and Kashmir to cause disturbances in the state. He said the security apparatus across the Line of Control (LoC) and International Border (IB) in J&K has been beefed up to foil infiltration attempts by militants and prevent militants from sneaking into the state.

“The counter infiltration grid along the LoC and IB has been further strengthened,” the official said adding, “Ahead of the winter, Pakistan may attempt to push as many militant as possible to the state for fomenting trouble”.

The ceasefire violation by Pakistani troops comes two days ahead of visit of Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh to J&K.

Singh is arriving on three-day visit to the State on September 9 (Saturday) to review the security situation in the State.

The ceasefire violation comes two days after BSF personnel foiled an infiltration bid across the international border in Jammu district’s Arnia sector, killing a Pakistani militants in the process, on Monday evening.

On Sunday, Pakistani troops resorted to shelling and firing at various forward Indian positions across Mendhar and Mankote areas of Poonch district. Over a dozen people have lost their lives in such incidents since the beginning of May.

Repeated shelling by the Pakistani army had triggered the migration of over 4,000 people from Nowshera sector of Rajouri district. They are now housed at six relief camps in the region.

News Updated at : Friday, September 8, 2017
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