Soldier killed as Pak violates ceasefire in Poonch

JAMMU: A soldier was killed on Thursday as Pakistan resorted to heavy cross-border shelling during the ongoing ceasefire violation at the LoC in Jammu & Kashmir’s Poonch district.
Havildar Nirmal Singh, of infantry regiment Jammu & Kashmir Rifles, was critically injured in the firing and later succumbed to his injuries, becoming the second Indian casualty of cross-border firing along the LoC since January 1.
“The nation will always remain indebted to him for his supreme sacrifice and devotion to duty,” Udhampur-based defence spokesperson Lt Col Abhinav Navneet said.
On January 1, a Naib Subedar was killed when Pakistani troops violated the ceasefire twice along the LoC in Nowshera sector of Rajouri district.
Highest number of ceasefire violations by Pakistan — over 5,000 incidents — were recorded in 2020. In comparison, there were only 3,289 ceasefire violations by Pakistan in 2019.

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