Pak shells border posts, villages in Poonch

KT NEWS SERVICE. Dated: 2/10/2020 4:28:19 PM

Army pays tributes to its brave-heart

MENDHAR, Feb 9: The Pakistan army shelled forward Indian border posts and villages along the Line of Control in Balakote and Mendhar sectors of Poonch district for the second day on Sunday. However, no casualty on Indian side was reported so far in Pak shelling.
PRO Defence Lt Col Devender Anand, while confirming ceasefire violation by the neighbouring nation, said, “Today at about 1250 hours Pak initiated unprovoked ceasefire violation by firing with small arms and intense shelling with mortars along LoC in Balakot and Mendhar sectors in Poonch district. Indian army retaliated befittingly.”
On Saturday, an army jawan was killed while three others, including a Major, were injured in heavy Pak firing and shelling in Degwar sector of Poonch district.
“The latest ceasefire violation by the neighbouring nation took place in Balakot and Mendhar sectors this afternoon, prompting a befitting retaliation from the Indian army. The firing and intense shelling with mortars from across the border in these sectors started at around 12.50 PM thus ensuing heavy exchange of fire between two sides. The exchange of fire continued till 3.00 PM,” local officials said.
After a brief lull, the Pakistan resumed shelling yet again in the evening at around 6.00 PM in these sectors. Indian side too retaliated in equal measure. This time exchange of fire lasted one hour. “Shelling stopped at around 7.00 PM,” officials informed.
Earlier army this morning paid rich tributes with full military honours to Naik Rajeev Singh Shekhawat, who had succumbed to his injuries in Pak shelling on Saturday in Degwar sector.
Shekhawat, 36, belonged to village Luhakna Khurd of Jaipur district in Rajasthan. He is survived by his wife, Usha Shekhawat.
Senior officers paid last respects to the slain soldiers at a wreath-laying ceremony organised at the Air force Station in Jammu, officials said.
General Officer Commanding-in-chief of Northern Command Lt Gen Y K Joshi and General Officer Commanding of elite White Knight Corps Lt Gen Harsha Gupta also saluted the soldier and conveyed condolences to the bereaved family.
Besides Shekhawat, three other jawans identified as Major Rahul Katryar, Lance Naik Shivam Singh and Sepoy Azad Kumar had sustained injuries in Pak shelling on Saturday.
This was after more than three months that Pakistan army used artillery fire to target Indian defence posts and civilian areas in Poonch sector. Prior to this, they had used artillery fire twice in Nowshera sector of Rajouri district.
Lt Col Anand, while paying tributes to Shekhawat, said, “Naik Rajeev Singh Shekhawat was a brave, highly motivated and sincere soldier. The nation will always remain indebted to him for the supreme sacrifice and devotion to duty.”



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