Four including two soldiers martyred in Indian forces firing along LoC

Four including two soldiers martyred in Indian forces firing along LoC

Rawalpindi (Staff Report/Agencies): Indian forces again resorted to unprovoked firing along the Line of Control (LoC) on Saturday martyring four including two Pakistan Army soldiers.

According to Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR), two Pakistan Army soldiers were martyred at Nakiyal Sector in exchange of fire while targeting Indian posts undertaking firing on civilian population.

The martyred soldiers have been identified as Havaldar Abdur Rub and Naik Khuram.

The ISPR said Indian troops deliberately targeted the civil population in Tatta Pani, Jandrot and Nakiyal Sectors.

In response, the Pakistan Army targetted the Indian posts and “gave a befitting response” and there were reports of casualties to Indian troops and damage to their posts, the statement added.

Meanwhile, Pakistan Air Force and Pakistan Navy continue to be alert and vigilant.

Earlier, ISPR had stated that two civilians had been martyred and two others injured as Indian forces targeted civilian population in Tattapani and Jandrot sectors along LoC.

The military's media wing added that two civilians were martyred and two others, including a woman, injured in the Indian unprovoked firing, ISPR said. The injured have been shifted to a hospital in Kotli.

Tensions between Pakistan and India rose following a suicide car bombing that killed at least 44 Indian paramilitary police in IoK on February 14.

This is pertinent to mention that Pakistan on Friday handed over the captured IAF Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman to India as a goodwill gesture as the confrontation that had prompted world powers to intervene.

Addressing the joint session of the Parliament on Thursday, Prime Minister Imran Khan announced to release Abhinandan ‘as a peace gesture’ but warned that the desire for de-escalation should not be misunderstood as weakness. He added that Pakistan was fully prepared to retaliate against any aggression.

On February 26, Indian jets dropped payload at a hilly forest area in Balakot. In reply to that, Pakistan Air Force (PAF) shot down two Indian military aircraft in Pakistani airspace and captured an Indian pilot.