17 Jul

5-year-old girl, soldier killed in Pakistan firing, Indian Army ‘reserves right to retaliate’

A five-year-old girl and a soldier were killed Wednesday in heavy Pakistan, which takes control of Jammu and Kashmir, forcing India to warn the neighboring country that it reserves the right to strike.

The heavy bombardment of Indian posts and villages of the districts of Rajouri and Poonch also left a soldier and a woman fighting for life, while the chiefs of military operations (DGMO) of the two countries in a telephone conversation .

The Indian army reserved the right to respond, while all ceasefire violations had been committed by Pakistan, General AK Bhat told his Pakistani counterpart.

Both DGMOs usually speak on Tuesday, but this unexpected conversation took place at the request of the Pakistani side in the face of an increase in ceasefire violations, according to sources.

Naik Muddasar Ahmed was seriously injured when mortar shells landed in his bunker in the Bhimber Gali area, the army said in a statement. He was transferred to a hospital, but could not save.

The Gali Bhimber sector covers the Rajouri and Poonch districts.

The 37-year-old boy was from Tral in Pulwama in southern Kashmir and went with the light infantry of 15 from Jammu and Kashmir (JAKI).

“The nation will always remain its supreme sacrifice and dedication to duty,” the army said. Ahmed survived his wife and two children.

Another jawan JAKI, Naik Firdous, was seriously injured, according to sources.

Saida Kafeel Kouser, aged five, died at the Balakote Poonch, while Shah Bi was injured by shrapnel in Rajouri.

The Pakistani side began indiscriminately shooting around 7.30 targeting the Bhimber Gali area, Defense spokesman Col. Manish Mehta said, adding that the Indian side replied sharply.

The shooting was so intense that the Rajouri administration closed all schools near the de facto border.

This summer, there was a strong exchange of shots on the Control Line that left several soldiers dead and civilians on both sides.

On 12 July, two Indian soldiers died in the Kupwara sector.

The two countries had, in November 2003, agreed to start the Control Line, but violations have intensified since 2016, and relations have failed.

5 Pakistani soldiers killed

Five Pakistani soldiers were killed when their vehicle fell on a river in the Neelum valley after being “led by the Indian army.”

The vehicle carrying five soldiers fell on the Neelum River Sunday, ISPR, the commercial wing of the Pakistani army, posted on its website. A soldier’s body was found and was a search for others, he said.

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