Army Says Pak Firing In Kashmir Was Unprovoked

Army Says Pak Firing In Kashmir Was Unprovoked

6 January 2013
The Hindustan Times
Peerzada Ashiq

Srinagar: Denying Pakistan army's allegations that Indian soldiers crossed the Line of Control (LoC) near north Kashmir's Uri area, the army on Sunday said Pakistan army resorted to unprovoked mortar shelling on two-three posts in the morning. According to the army, two-three posts perched over Haji Peer hill area came under heavy firing from the Pakistani side in Uri, 106 km north of Srinagar, around 3.15am on Sunday. Haji Peer is just 4km away from main Uri town. 'There was a breach of ceasefire as Pakistan resorted to mortar shelling in the morning. Our troops retaliated with small arms,' Srinagar-based army spokesman Brijesh Pandey told the Hindustan Times. The exchange of fire lasted for around 1 hour and 15 minutes. 'Since 4.30am, there was no exchange of fire all day,' said Pandey adding, 'there was no casualty on our side'. However, the army claimed that Pakistan shelling did damage some residential houses in Churandah village near Haji Peer. In October 2012, three civilians were killed when Pakistan resorted to firing on the same village. Pakistan's army had then accused the Indian soldiers of constructing bunkers in the area. 'There is no way one can construct bunkers in the area,' said Pandey. The army has also denied the Pakistan army's allegations of soldiers cross the LoC into Pakistan-occupied Kashmir. 'Nobody crossed the LoC,' said Pandey. Earlier in the day, the Pakistani army claimed that Indian troops raided their Sawan Patra checkpost in PoK, which left one soldier dead and another injured. It also claimed that Pakistan only retaliated to the Indian fire. Year 2012 witnessed around 150 infiltration bids in the state and several attempts were made in frontier districts of Kupwara and Uri. On December 26, 2012, an Indian army soldier, sepoy Rakesh Kumar, was killed in Poonch district in Jammu region when gun shots were fired from Pakistani side.