Pak troops violate ceasefire, unprovoked firing at Uri

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 positions near the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir.
Photo – PTI

Two days after the terror attack in Uri, Pakistani troops on Tuesday violated the border ceasefire in the same sector of Kashmir, targeting Indian army positions with small firearms. 18 India soldiers were killed in a dastardly terror attack on Sunday, which is suspected to be carried by Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Muhammed (JeM).

“Pakistani troops resorted to unprovoked firing by small arms towards Indian positions in Uri sector this afternoon,” an army official said.

Confirming no major damage by the firing, the army officer said the firing from across the Line of Control took place between 1:10 pm and 1:30 pm.

The official said while there were no reports of any casualty in the firing, further details of the incident were awaited.

According to initial reports, the firing went on for nearly 20 minutes.

Four heavily armed militants, suspected to be from Jaish-e-Muhammed (JeM), stormed a battalion headquarters of the Army in Kashmir’s Uri town in the wee hours Sunday killing 18 jawans. All the four terrorists were neutralised by the security forces within hours in an encounter that ensued.

The terror attack has heightened tensions between India and Pakistan at the time when India has squarely blamed Pakistan and its military establishment for the spike in tension in the valley.

80 persons have been killed in the clashes between stone-pelting local protestors and the security forces in Kashmir valley in over last two months.