Two militants killed in encounter, soldier dies in Pak shelling
Two militants of the Lashkar-e-Taiba were killed in an encounter with security forces on Wednesday in Watergam town in Jammu and Kashmir’s Baramulla district, Times of India has reported. Meanwhile, a solder died in cross-border firing with Pakistan Kupwara district’s Machhal sector.
The Indian Army said one of its soldiers was killed by Pakistani sniper fire in the Machhil sector Another soldier, who was critically injured in “unprovoked firing by Pakistan” on Tuesday, succumbed to his wounds, India Today reported.
J&K: Wreath laying ceremony of Naik Prem Singh & Naik Harindra Kumar Yadav, who lost their lives in ceasefire violation by Pak in Nowshera. pic.twitter.com/moLAz0Ai93
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Army spokesman Colonel Rajesh Kalia told a news agency that the Indian soldiers retaliated by targeting the Pakistan army posts across the LoC that divides the disputed Kashmir region between the two nations.
Spokesperson for External Affairs Ministry Vikas Swarup said the Indian government had summoned the Pakistani deputy high commissioner to convey “strong concern” regarding the “ceasefire violations” the neighbouring country continued to indulge in along the Line of Control. “The government has conveyed that such loss of life is unacceptable,” he said, adding that civilians suffering injuries during shelling by Pakistan was “deplorable”.
Swarup further said that India had lodged a protest with the Pakistani deputy high commissioner regarding the country prominently displaying photographs of eight Indian High Commission officials in newspapers “in the wake of the factually incorrect allegations made by the government of Pakistan”. He emphasised that it was “against basic norms of diplomatic practices and courtesy”, in addition to potentially endangering the security and safety of the officials in Islamabad.
“It is expected that the Pakistani side will desist from such actions and will ensure the security of all members of the Indian High Commission in Islamabad,” Swarup said.
Tensions between the two countries have soared since September when fighters attacked an Indian army base in Kashmir, leaving 19 soldiers dead. Since then the two sides have engaged in cross-border fire almost daily leading to deaths of soldiers and civilians on both sides.