Bandipora, June 14: At least one Army personnel and two militants were killed during an operation in Bandipora’s Panar forest area today morning. The operation is still underway and more details are awaited.

Yesterday too, at least four Border Security Force (BSF) personnel were killed as Pakistan resorted to ceasefire violation along the Line of Control (LoC) in Chambliyal sector of Jammu and Kashmir. An Assistant Commandant, a Sub-Inspector and two soldiers of Border Security Force (BSF) lost their life. Another injured BSF soldier was admitted to Government Medical College in Jammu. The ones who lost their life were identified as Assistant Commandant Jatinder Singh, Sub-Inspector Rajnish Kumar, ASI Ram Niwas and Constable Hans Raj. 

Earlier on June 3, at least two BSF personnel were killed in the Akhnoor Sector by Pakistani troops after they attacked the border areas in the Pragwal area. BSF retaliated and engaged in firing after Pakistani rangers violated the ceasefire agreement. As per agreement, Director General Of Military Operations (DGMOs) of India and Pakistan agreed to “fully implement” the ceasefire pact of 2003 in “letter and spirit” forthwith to stop border skirmishes in Jammu and Kashmir. This agreement came into force on May 29 when Indian DGMO Lt Gen Anil Chauhan and Pakistan’s Maj Gen Sahir Shamshad Mirza issued similar statements resonating with this pact. The two military commanders had reviewed the prevailing situation along the Line of Control (LoC) and the international border in Jammu and Kashmir during a conversation over the special hotline. The hotline contact was initiated by the Pakistani DGMO. 

Prior to the agreement by the two DGMOs, the External Affairs Ministry had spoken about the reinstatement of the 2003 truce agreement by Islamabad. More than 1,000 incidents of ceasefire violation by Pakistan has been recorded this year, as per the External Affairs Ministry.