New Delhi: In strong retaliation to the mortar shelling in Jammu and Kashmir’s Poonch and Jhallas last week, the Indian Army on Monday launched an attack on the Pakistan Army’s administrative headquarters located in the Khuiratta and Samani areas of Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK).
Following the shelling in Poonch, the Indian Army has in its “strong signal” to Pakistan, fired on its army administrative headquarters in PoK, they said.
Quoting information received from across the border, the officials claimed that several photographs “stood testimony” to the reports of border villagers that they had seen smoke emanating from the Pakistani headquarters after the Indian military’s retaliatory action.
They said the Indian Army has exercised maximum restraint, despite continuous provocation by the Pakistani army.
The Army has avoided targeting civilian population living in the close proximity of the Line of Control (LoC) in PoK areas such as Hajira, Bandi, Gopalpur, Nikial, Samani and Khuiratta, the officials said.
On October 23, unprovoked shelling from across the border had caused an explosion inside an Army camp in Poonch district.
“Today, approximately at 10.30 a.m., in a ceasefire violation, Pakistan troops fired a rocket-propelled grenade and also resorted small arms firing. One round landed on a barrel-type store shelter in Poonch, causing fire,” Lieutenant Colonel Devender Anand had said on October 23.
An RTI response has revealed that at least 109 people, including 56 security personnel, were killed in 2,855 incidents of cross-border firing and ceasefire violations by Pakistani forces along the border in Jammu and Kashmir between January 2016 and July this year.
The reply also said that in the same period, over 565 civilians and security personnel also got injured in these cross-border firings.
In year 2016, the number of ceasefire violation reported were 449 (228 at LoC and 221 at IB) and in 2017, the number reached 971 (860 at LoC and 111 at IB).