JCO killed in ceasefire violation by Pakistan in Rajouri

Pakistan Army resorted to unprovoked ceasefire violation on the line of control

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A junior commissioned officer (JCO) of the Army was killed in a ceasefire violation at Nowshera in Rajouri by Pakistan on Sunday morning.

Defence spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Devender Anand in a statement in Jammu said Pakistan Army resorted to unprovoked ceasefire violation on the line of control (LoC) in Nowshera Sector, district Rajouri (J&K).

“Own troops responded strongly to the enemy fire. In the incident, Naib Subedar Rajwinder Singh was critically injured and later succumbed to his injuries,” Anan said. “Naib Subedar Rajwinder Singh was a brave, highly motivated and a sincere soldier. The nation will always remain indebted to him for his supreme sacrifice and devotion to duty.”

The Army befittingly retaliated to the firing by Pakistan, sources said.

Since January, Pakistan has violated ceasefire violation 1790 at the LoC and international border in Jammu.

Ceasefire violations by Pakistan have increased after the abrogation of Article 370 and Chinese incursions in Ladakh. Pakistan has many a times fired at Indian positions to provide cover to militants infiltrating into Jammu and Kashmir.

This week the BSF detected a cross-border tunnel at the international border in Jammu’s Samba sector. A BSF spokesman said the tunnel was dug by Pakistan to help militants infiltrate into Jammu and Kashmir. The BSF also recovered sandbanks with Karachi markings at the tunnel which was only 400 meters away from the nearest Pakistani border post.

The BSF said the tunnel was 20 feet long and three to four feet wide.

“Pakistan made sandbags with Shakargarh/Karachi markings written were also found at the mouth of the tunnel to conceal it,” BSF spokesman said.

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