Indian Army has launched attacks on terrorist camps situated inside Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) opposite the Tangdhar sector.
Four terror launch pads in Neelam valley in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir have been targeted and destroyed by the Indian Army, sources said. Five Pakistani Army men have been killed in retaliatory firing.
Indian Army used artillery guns to target the terrorist camps which have been actively trying to push terrorist into Indian territory. Indian Army has caused heavy damage there. Heavy weapons have been used by the army.
Posts assisting terrorist infiltration in Sunday night were quickly identified and hit after Pak used artillery fire targeting civilian areas, army sources said.
This came after two Indian soldiers and a civilian were killed after Pakistani troops violated ceasefire in Tanghar sector of Jammu and Kashmir’s Kupwara district on Sunday.
The civilian killed has been identified as Mohd Sadiq (55). Those wounded are Mohd Maqbool (70), Mohd Shafi, (50) and Yusuf Hamid (22).
A house and a rice godown were completely damaged, two cars damaged and two cow shelters with 19 cattle & sheep inside, destroyed. According to locals, maximum damage has been done in Chitrakoot village where six houses have been destroyed in Pakistani firing.
According to a statement by the Indian Army, “Indian forces cause heavy damages and casualty to Pakistan after two Indian soldiers and one civilian were killed in ceasefire violation by Pakistan Army in Tangdhar sector (Jammu and Kashmir) today.”
Last night Pak Army initiated unprovoked CFV to assist infiltration by terrorists into Indian territories. As a result calibrated escalation of area weapons was undertaken by the Indian side in which terrorist launch pads, Pak Army Posts giving incidental protection to these launch pads and certain gun positions were hit, said an army source.
Indian Army retains the right to respond at a time and place of it’s choosing in case Pak Army continues to assist terrorist activities across Indian borders, army said.
A similar escalation in the Tangdhar sector took place On July 30, when Pakistan resorted to heavy artillery firing, causing damage to property and also injuring some people. Fortunately, there were no deaths but locals have been living in fear since then.
Pakistan plays the blame game
Pakistan has claimed that nine Indian soldiers have been killed in Pak Army firing, also said that one Pakistan Army soldier and 3 Pakistani civilians died in the exchange of fire. Pakistan also accused India of unprovoked firing targetting civillians.
The Pak Army, on its part, claimed to have killed nine Indian soldiers and injured several others when it destroyed two Indian bunkers in the Tangdhar sector, while admitting to the loss of only two soldiers. Pak authorities also said five civilians were killed in the firing by India. Dismissing the claims, Gen Rawat said, “We don’t hide our casualties like the Pak Army, which always tries to cover up and indulges in fake propaganda. We honour and salute our dead.”The LoC has turned extremely violent, with regular caliber escalation by both sides, especially after the Modi government on August 5 revoked the special status of J&K and moved to split the state into two union territories.Almost 650 of the 2,350 CFVs recorded by the Indian Army this year have taken place in the last two months. The number of CFVs in 2017 stood at 971, with 1,629 being recorded in 2018.“After August 5, we found that infiltration attempts were increasing in Gurez, Keran, Machhil and several other sectors. So, rather than wait for the terrorists to infiltrate, we will hit them at the forward launch pads,” said Gen Rawat.Army spokesperson Colonel Aman Anand said, “The Indian Army retains the right to respond at a time and place of its choosing in case Pak Army continues to assist terrorist activities across Indian borders.”In Video:Action against terror launch pads: 6-10 Pak soldiers killed, says COAS Bipin Rawat