Pakistan violates ceasefire in J&K’s Rajouri, 1 jawan martyred

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • An Army jawan was martyred today after Pakistan army resorted to unprovoked firing along the LoC in Manjakot.
  • Lance Naik Mohammed Naseer was injured during the gunfight and succumbed to injuries on the way to hospital, police said.

NEW DELHI: A soldier was martyred after Pakistan army resorted to unprovoked firing along the Line of Control (LoC) in Manjakot area of Jammu and Kashmir’s Rajouri district on Saturday.

Lance Naik Mohammed Naseer, 35-year-old from border district of Poonch in J&K, was hit during the firing and shelling by the Pakistani troops on the Indian forward posts, defence ministry spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Manish Mehta said.

“In the fire exchange, Lance Naik Mohammed Naseer was grievously injured and succumbed to his injuries,” the spokesman said, adding, “Naseer, who belonged to Ajout village of Poonch district, leaves behind wife Wasim Akhtar.”

There was Pakistani firing and shelling along the LoC in Balakote, Panjgrian, Naika and Manjakote areas.

“Unprovoked firing from Pakistan’s side started at around 1.40pm,” he added.

Paying tributes to Naseer, the spokesman said he was a brave and sincere soldier who loved his job to the core.

“The nation will always remain indebted to him for the supreme sacrifice and devotion to duty,” the spokesman added.

 On July 12, two Jawans were killed in sniper fire by the Pakistani Army in Keran sector of north Kashmir.

The incident comes hours after security forces cornered three Jaish-e-Mohammad terrorists in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district. All three terrorists were killed today in a long-drawn-out gunfight with security personnel.

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