1 killed, 3 injured in Pakistan shelling in Jammu

He said that BSF is giving a befitting reply to the enemy fire.

An Indian soldier was killed on Friday and his body was mutilated by terrorists in an attack near the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir.

Along the LoC, two women Sultan Begum and Maqbool Begum were killed in firing and shelling by Pakistani troops in Panjgrian border hamlet in Manjakote belt of Rajouri district today, Deputy Commissioner, Rajouri, Shabir Ahmed Bhat said. Both sides accuse the other of initiating it.

Expressing deep anguish over killing of civilians in border shelling, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Tuesday called for immediate political dialogue between India and Pakistan to de-escalate the situation in the Valley, adding that the severe hostile ties between the two nations has created a humanitarian crisis in Jammu and Kashmir.

Many more were injured in the cross-border firing, officials said, referring to the shelling which began in the early hours of Tuesday.

The injured have been identified as 45-year-old Ashok Kumar, 30-year-old Rakesh Kumar, 13-year-old Muskaan, 50- year-old Kamli, one-and-a-half year-old Pari, 29-year-old Sushma of Rangoor Camp village and 28-year-old Kapil Dev and 15-year-old Anjna Verma of Nanga village. He said three army porters suffered injuries in the shelling in Noushera sector of the district and they have been hospitalised.

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Sources said that Pakistani Rangers have been firing 82 mm and 120 mm mortars, apart from resorting to small arms and automatic weapons fire to target civilian areas.

"We have appropriately to Pakistan's unprovoked ceasefire violation", Defence Ministry PRO Manish Mehta said.

Similarly, Pakistan started firing 82 mm mortars at 6.25am in Narayanpur and violated the ceasefire in Naushera sector in Rajouri district as well.

Both of the nuclear-armed countries hold separate parts of the region and have fought two wars, in 1947 and 1965, over their claims.

"There have been more that 60 ceasefire violations by Pakistani troops along the LoC and IB in the state since surgical strikes against militant launch pads by the Indian Army", he said.

He said the militants later mutilated the body of the soldier before fleeing back into Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (POK) supported by covering fire from Pak Army.

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