Army kills 2 Pak troops on LoC

Fayaz Bukhari
SRINAGAR, Aug 14: Army today killed two Pakistani troops along the Line of Control (LoC) in Tangdhar sector of North Kashmir’s Kupwara district following sniping of a soldier yesterday.
Army today said that they killed two Pakistani soldiers in “retaliatory action” in Tangdhar sector of North Kashmir’s Kupwara district. “In retaliatory action to unprovoked ceasefire violations and repeated attempts to facilitate infiltration by Pakistan army in Tangdhar Sector, our troops carried out calibrated operations last night in which two Pakistani soldiers were killed,” Srinagar-based defence spokesman Colonel Rajesh Kalia said here today.
An official said the Pakistan troops violated ceasefire by targeting Indian Army’s Anil Post, Cheetak Post and Black Rock Post with small arms along the LoC at around 7.15 am. He said that the soldiers manning these posts returned the fire effectively.

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On Monday, a soldier of 20 JAT regiment of the Army was killed in Pakistani sniping in the area. And Army today paid tribute to Sepoy Pushpendra Singh killed in Tangdhar yesterday.
Defence spokesman said that he was killed during Counter Infiltration operations yesterday in Tangdhar Sector of Kupwara district. “In a solemn ceremony at BB Cantt, Lt General AK Bhatt, Chinar Corps Commander and all ranks, paid homage to the martyr on behalf of a proud nation. In a show of solidarity, representatives from other security agencies also joined in to pay their last respects to the martyr”, he said.
“Late Sepoy Pushpendra Singh sustained bullet injury during the gun battle at Tangdhar, Kupwara district. He was provided immediate first aid and evacuated to the 92 Base Hospital, but unfortunately succumbed to his injuries”, the spokesman added.
“The martyr, Sepoy Pushpendra Singh, was 28 years old and had joined the Army in 2011. He belonged to Village Khutiya of Mathura District, Uttar Pradesh and is survived by his wife and a son”, he said.
“The mortal remains of the martyr were flown for last rites to his native place, where he would be laid to rest with full military honours. In this hour of grief, the Army stands in solidarity with the bereaved family of the martyr and remains committed to their dignity and well being”, the spokesman said.
In the meantime, People’s Democratic Party leader, Waheed ur Rehman Parra escaped unhurt when his vehicle was fired at last evening in Budgam district.
Sources said that two to three shots were fired towards Parra’s Bolero vehicle at around 7.30 pm in Handjan area of Budgam district. However, Parra escaped unhurt from the scene.