Pakistan troops fire on Army post in Poonch Sector, 5 jawans killed

Pak troops fire on Army post in Poonch Sector, five jawans killed

In a recent provocation by Pakistani troops, Indian Army’s Sarva Post in Poonch Sector of Jammu & Kashmir was attacked in the wee hours of Tuesday. Five Army jawans have reportedly been killed in the attack, defence sources say.

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Defence sources on Tuesday said the Pakistani soldiers intruded into the Indian territory past midnight and ambushed the Sarla post on the Indian side of the LoC.

Meanwhile, while addressing the Lok Sabha Defence Minister AK Antony said, “Attack was carried out by 20 heavily armed terrorists in Pakistan Army uniform.”

“Army is fully ready to take all necessary steps to uphold the sanctity of LoC,” added Antony

Later in the day, Wazir Mohammad, a local from Poonch, told ANI, “Earlier too Pakistan Army had attacked our forces, we people who live on the border are tired of this.”

Sources told CNN-IBN, “The attack on the Saral post in Chakkan da Bagh, Poonch Sector of Jammu and Kashmir, was carried out by a group of Lashkar-e-Tayyeba terrorists with the help of Pakistani soldiers.”

Five Indian soldiers were killed, the sources said. Chief Minister Omar Abdullah tweeted, “(I) was briefed early this morning about the news that five of our soldiers had been killed on the LoC. My heartfelt condolences to their next of kin.”

“These incidents don’t help efforts to normalise or even improve relations with Pak and call in to question the Pak Govt’s recent overtures,” he said.

Army Chief Gen Bikram Singh is taking stock of the situation, Army sources said in Delhi. The incident could cast a shadow on the resumption of the Indo-Pak dialogue process expected later this month. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif are slated to meet in New York next month on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly session.

This slurry of attacks comes at a time when the new Sharif Government is trying to build bridges and Manmohan Singh Government is on the verge of dropping the 26/11 condition in the dialogues.

The incident comes hours after a BSF jawan was injured in firing from across Indo-Pak border in Samba district of J & K.

“There was sniper firing from some persons at around 15:55 hours from Pakistan side along the International Border (IB) at Narainpur Border Out Post (BOP) area in Ramgarh sector,” a senior BSF officer said.

Two rounds were fired from Pakistan side and the bullets hit Head Constable Ram Niwas Meena of 200 Battalion, he said. On July 27, another BSF jawan was injured when Pakistani troops violated ceasefire twice in the space of 10 hours by targeting Indian posts along the Indo-Pak border in Poonch and Kathua districts.

The Pakistani troops had used mortars, RPGs and heavy machine guns leading to heavy firing exchanges.

On July 3, Pakistan violated ceasefire when it fired on cops, who had gone to LoC in Sabzian, Poonch to collect the body of a Pakistani intruder killed in an IED blast on July 1.

Pakistani troops fired on troops trying to evacuate injured porters after two were killed in IED attack by Pakistani terrorists along LoC in Poonch on July 8.

On July 12, Pakistani Rangers fired on Indian forward posts in Pindi belt along International Border (IB) in Jammu district.

Pakistani troops opened small arms firing on Indian posts in forward area along LoC in Poonch district on the night of July 22.

(With inputs from agencies)

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Niticentral Staff

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