Cross border shelling: Two army men injured in Mankote sector

Cross border shelling: Two army men injured in Mankote sector

Two Pakistani army soldiers were killed in a clash with Indian border forces along the disputed Kashmir border on Wednesday, according to Pakistani army.

The Pakistani media quoted the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), a media wing of the country's army, to confirm the deaths of two soldiers - Sepoys Muneer Chohan and Amir Hussain.

The Pakistan Army had fired and shelled forward areas along the Line of Control (LoC) in Sunderbani, Nowshera and Khour sectors of Rajouri and Jammu districts on Thursday also.

The Indian Army has always given an apt retaliation to the unending firing from the other side, the Brigadier said. Sources said two houses were damaged in the shelling.

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"Today's exams have been cancelled in most vulnerable schools due to the targeted shelling from across the divide", he said.

The latest ceasefire violation from Pakistan came a day after J&K Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti met Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi and urged him to de-escalate the border situation. Meanwhile, Jammu and Kahsmir government has made a decision to close 72 schools in the vulnerable areas of LoC till March 5 as a precautionary measure.

The shelling started around 8:50 in the morning in Balakot, Mendhar and Mankot areas of the district and is still going on, reported the Greater Kashmir.

At least 35 people - 19 soldiers, four BSF personnel and 12 civilians - had died in Pakistani shelling in the whole of previous year. Although it held it good for 10-years, in the last few years, Pakistani troops have violated the ceasefire agreement hundreds of times.

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