Capt. killed in firing, claims Pak
Indian and Pakistani troops have again exchanged small and medium arms fire at a couple of places along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir, including Kargil, killing a Pakistani Army official and injuring another.
Indian Army officials here said their troops have retaliated “strongly” to a series of ceasefire violation by the Pakistani troops along the de facto border. The Pakistani troops, they claimed, targeted the Indian positions with small arms and mortar fire in Kaksar area of Kargil and that the firing continued for half an hour. “About thirty mortar shells fired by Pakistani troops fell near Kaksar and Ladu villages. Though there were no casualties or damage caused to the property, the panic stricken residents took cover,” said one of the officials. The two sides had exchanged fire in Kargil and Drass areas of Ladakh also during the intervening night of August 12 and 13 but without causing any casualties on either side.
However, in Islamabad, military officials said that a Pakistani Army officer Captain Sarfaraz was killed due to Indian troops’ unprovoked shelling in Shakma sector in Skurdu area. “A Pakistan Army officer, Captain Sarfraz embraced shahadat (martyrdom) due to Indian troops’ unprovoked shelling at Shakma sector on Line of Control,” a Pakistani military statement said. It added that another soldier identified as Yasin was seriously wounded in the firing. The Pakistani officials have also said that the Indian Army started firing at 11.15 pm (PST) on Tuesday in areas near Skardu.
“The Pakistani Army retaliated by firing as well. The exchange of bullets continued until 2 AM,” they said.
It was the latest deadly incident along the de factor border.