Strong counter-offensive by Indian Army in response to Machhil killing

RSTV Bureau
Army personnel take positions during an encounter with the militants near the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir.  Photo - PTI

Army personnel take position near the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir.
Photo – PTI

A day after three Indian soldiers were killed along the LoC (Line of Control) in the Machhil sector in Jammu and Kashmir, the army launched a strong counter-offensive against Pakistan early Wednesday morning.

The military operation has come hours after the Indian Army had vowed “heavy retribution” to the attack on its soldiers, in which the body of one martyr was mutilated.

Brigadier, Northern Command, S Gotra said India Army launched a counter offensive along the LoC in retaliation to yesterday’s offensive in Machhil sector of Kashmir. Indian Army posts are responding strongly and giving a befitting reply, Defence PRO Manish Mehta said.

Pakistan Army also fired at Indian posts along the LoC in Bhimber Gali, Krishna Ghati and Nowshera sectors.

Earlier, India had strongly protested against the killing of three jawans, also condemning the mutilation of the body of one of the soldiers.

India raised the matter with Pakistan through Deputy High Commissioner JP Singh who was summoned by the Pakistan Foreign Office to condemn “unprovoked ceasefire violations”. Singh also conveyed that Pakistani troops were deliberately targeting the civilian areas, resulting in heavy casualties.

On Tuesday, when the bodies were discovered, the Indian Army called the act ‘barbaric’ and vowed heavy retribution as heavy gunfire continued between both sides.

At the meet, sources say that Singh also took up the issue of repeated ceasefire violations by Pakistani forces as well as their usage of artillery and 120 mm heavy mortars. Pakistani forces were giving cover fire to infiltrators and there was increased activity of terrorists near the Pakistani posts, Singh told the Pakistani side.

On Tuesday, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar condemned the “cowardly and brutal” killings at the border.

“Condemn the cowardly & brutal killing of our soldiers & mutilation of one of them. Salute these brave martyrs for their supreme sacrifice,” Parrikar said on Twitter.

Earlier in the day, sources said, Vice Chief of Army Lt Gen Bipin Rawat briefed the Minister in detail on the killings in Pakistani action on the Line of Control in Machhal sector of Kashmir.

(With inputs from PTI)