Baramulla 06 DEC (MK):-
Amid border tension, an Army man was killed in Machil Sector, a residential house was damaged in Uri as India and Pakistan armies traded heavy fire and shelling along the Line of Control (LoC) in Machil sector in Kupwara and Uri sector in Baramulla of north Kashmir on Thursday.
The Pakistan Army resorted to “unprovoked” firing on the Line of Control (LoC) in Uri Kamalkote sector of Baramulla and in Machil sector in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district.
Defence spokesperson Colonel Rajesh Kalia said the Pakistan Army violated the 2003 ceasefire in Machil sector at 10.45 am. The Pakistanis used automatics and mortar shells. A civilian house was damaged in the shelling in Kamalkote area.
“Our troops retaliated effectively and strongly. One of our soldiers was martyred in the Pakistani firing, “he said.
Meanwhile, cross-LoC trade between Jammu and Kashmir and Pakistan administered Kashmir (PaK) via Srinagar-Muzaffarabad route has been suspended on Thursday due to border tension, officials said.
Trade officials said that cross-LoC trade remained suspended following shelling in Kamalkote Uri sector. They said authorities from PaK have informed them about suspension of the trade. The armies of India and Pakistan have traded heavy fire and shelling in the area during past two days.
The Pakistan Army used automatics and mortars to target Indian positions on the LoC in Kamalkote area of Uri sector late on Wednesday, the sources said.
“Indian positions retaliated effectively. Firing exchanges continued till Thursday morning. No casualty has been reported from our side,” they added.
During the exchange of fire, two soldiers sustained injuries in the firing on Wednesday. The injured were rushed to hospital for treatment. Army sources identified the injured soldiers as Sepoy Dupo Veshunath and Naik M Walim of 8 Rashtriya Rifles.