Civilian hurt in Poonch, 2 Pak Army officers injured in Indian retaliation

TNN Bureau. Updated: 12/2/2019 4:07:14 AM Front Page

JAMMU: Heavy damage was inflicted in retaliation by the Indian Army across the border after Pakistan Army on Sunday violated ceasefire for third consecutive day along the Line of Control (LOC) in Poonch and left a 65-year-old civilian critically injured.
Heavy loss of property and life has been inflicted on the enemy nation, including severe injuries to two Pakistani Army officers, even as the exchange of fire between the armies of two nations was going on intermittently.
"At about 4 pm, Pakistan initiated unprovoked ceasefire violation by firing small arms and shelling with mortars in Shahpur and Qasba sectors of Poonch," a defence spokesman said, adding they targeted forward posts and villages.
A 65-year-old civilian, identified as Jamal-ud-din, suffered splinter injuries in the chest when a mortar shell fired by the Pakistani Army exploded near him in Qasba sector late Sunday evening, a police official said, adding that he was referred to the Government Medical College hospital in Jammu for specialized treatment as his condition was stated to be critical.
"Pakistan firing prompted befitting retaliation by Indian Army in which two Pakistani Army officers were injured,” defence sources said.
Refusing to elaborate further, they said that ‘heavy damage’ has been inflicted on Pakistani side and some of their posts have been destroyed.
In a tweet, Pakistan's Director General (DG), Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR), Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor said that two officers of Pakistan Army were injured in firing by the Indian Army in Rakhchikri and Rawalakot sectors along the LoC.
This was the third ceasefire violation by Pakistan in the border district in as many days.
On Saturday, Pakistan targeted Shahpur and Kirni sectors, while a day earlier it fired mortars and small arms for nearly an hour in Balakote sector.

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