One Soldier and a girl killed in Pak firing in J&K

One Soldier and a girl killed in Pak firing in J&K

Indian Army warned Pakistan that it will retaliate to any type of provocation across the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir. A jawan was also injured, he said.

This is published unedited from the IANS feed.

"Pakistan Army initiated unprovoked firing on Indian Army posts in Rajouri sector at around 1.30 pm today (Saturday)". The Pakistani side then lodged a protest over the alleged killing of some civilians on their side by Indian Army's retaliatory firing to Pakistani ceasefire violations, which was strongly denied by the Indian side.

The injured were hospitalized, he said. "Firing by Indian troops was initiated against armed intruders when attempting to infiltrate from the close proximity of Pakistani posts along the Line of Control (LOC)" the statement read.

The soldier, identified as 37-year-old Naik Muddasar Ahmed, was killed in Rajouri district's Tarkundi area.

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The ISPR said one body was recovered while rescue operation for the other three was underway.

He said the Pakistani troops fired from automatic weapons and resorted to mortar shelling on army positions and civilian areas in Kamakote area of Uri sector. Prior to that, the two DGMO's spoke on May 2 in the aftermath of the beheading of two Indian soldiers in the Krishna Ghati sector by Pak Army Border Action Team (BAT).

The latest incident occurred hours after the military spokesman Major General Asif Ghafoor said Indian forces have committed 580 ceasefire violations so far this year, which he described as the "highest in any year".

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif condemned the firing and praised the prompt response by Pakistan army in thwarting the attack, a statement by his office said.