Srinagar, July 18: For the second consecutive day, Pakistan Army has resorted to ceasefire violation in Jammu and Kashmir's Poonch sector along the Line of Control. The Pak Army has also begun unprovoked firing in Bhimber Gali (BG) sector. Indian Army has started retaliatory firing.
Yesterday, India and Pakistan held Directors General of Military Operations (DGMO) level-talks today with regard to ceasefire violations along the Line of Control and the International Border in Jammu and Kashmir.
In a statement, the Indian Army said, during the talks, Pakistan's DGMO Major General Sahir Shamshad Mirza raised the issue of Indian troops targeting their Pakistani counterparts, resulting in the death of four Pakistani soldiers in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir. Indian Army's DGMO, Lt. Gen. AK Bhatt highlighted that all cease-fire violations were initiated by Pakistan. He said, the Indian Army reserves the right to retaliate appropriately to any violation of ceasefire.
Lt Gen Bhatt reiterated that the Indian Army is sincere about maintaining peace and tranquility along the LoC. He also emphasised that the trend of infiltration continued with active support of Pakistan's forward posts impacting peace and tranquility along LoC and also internal security situation.
On Monday, Pak's ceasefire in Poonch and Rajouri districts of Jammu and Kashmir claimed lives of a 7-year old girl and a jawan. The violations were also reported in Poonch's Balakote and Manjakote in Rajouri along the LoC.
Meanwhile, Pakistan has banned tourists from a valley in Pakistani-occupied Kashmir. A Pak govt spokesperson said that four of its soldiers drowned after their vehicle was hit by Indian gunfire and plunged into the Neelum River. A top government official in Neelum, said that the threat to people is too great and that no new tourists would be able to enter.