News Desk |
On Tuesday, the Indian forces resorted to unprovoked firing of mortars and artillery guns, targeting densely civilian-populated localities of Azad Jammu & Kashmir (AJK) from across the Line of Control (LoC), martyring two civilians, while 19 are gravely wounded, including a police constable and six women.
#LOC firing resulted in 2 persons injured, 1 civilian in Leepa Valley while a policeman near Noseri became victim of Indian firing. Main road towards #Neelum is closed due to heavy shelling, people are advised not to travel. Emergency declared in hospitals. #Kashmir #AJK pic.twitter.com/IvVSVCA2ih
— Saqib Ali Haidri (@SaqibAliHaidri) July 30, 2019
Reports reveal that the martyrs were 25-year old Nauman from Sharda village and 17-year old Bisma from the Katha Chogalli village, both hailing from AJK’s Neelum Valley. The unprovoked shelling was initiated in Leepa Valley, which lies around 100 kilometers southeast of Jhelum Valley.
Towards noon on Tuesday, the Indian forces began raining down unprovoked fire on the villages of Batlian and Bijildhaar. In a few hours, the Indian forces began targeting the entire valley, hitting the civilian population with rocket launchers and mortar guns.
Pak Responds: 3 Indian Soldiers Dead
A press release issued by the Inter-Services Public Relations revealed, “Indian troops resorted to unprovoked firing of mortars and artillery guns along the LOC, deliberately targeting civil population in Danna, Jura, Lipa, Sharda and Shahkot Sectors. An innocent citizen, Nouman Ahmed age 26 years, embraced Shahadat while 9 others, including women and children, got injured. All injured have been evacuated to hospitals.”
Multiple houses have been completely or partially damaged due to the indiscriminate shelling.
It added, “Pakistani army troops responded effectively, targeting posts undertaking fire. Reports of 3 Indian troops resorted to unprovoked firing of mortars and artillery guns.” The ISPR noted, “Pakistan army troops responded effectively, targeting posts undertaking fire. Reports of 3 Indian soldiers dead, many injured besides damage to Indian posts.”
Eye witness testimonies and statements from AJK officials, circulating across media platforms, reveal that for around 40 minutes the valley of Kashmir received a rainfall of bombs, triggering a fear across villagers, who were waiting for the bombs to strike their house and property. Multiple houses have been completely or partially damaged due to the indiscriminate shelling.
وادی نیلم سالخلہ کے مقام پر انڈین آرمی کی بلااشتعال فاٸرنگ سے ایک گھر تباہ
وادی نیلم کے مختلف مقامات پر بھارتی اشتعال انگیزی جاری کٸی افردا کے زخمی ہونے کی اطلاعات جبکہ شاردہ سے ایک بھاٸی کی شہید ہونے کی اطلاع سول آبادی کو نشانہ بنایا جارہا ہے#LoC #Kashmir #neelum pic.twitter.com/t6Q2qumm42
— Sohail Hassan (@sardar_suhail) July 30, 2019
Earlier on Sunday, unprovoked ceasefire violations by the Indian forces from across the LoC had martyred a Kashmiri woman, while five women and two men were left gravely injured. These tragedies occurred due to the unprovoked firing in the Khurshidabad and Neza-Pir sectors of the valley.
Entire #NeelumValley is under severe Indian brutal forces heavy shelling. May Allah protect innocent people on both sides of #Loc #LOCFiring who can preach #peace to #India stop killing people!#kashmiri #lives #matter pic.twitter.com/PmBgldQ0pE
— Mushaal Hussein Mullick (@MushaalMullick) July 30, 2019
Catching Terrorists or War Mongering?
Reports emerging from India reveal that the Indian army has been conducting a counter-terrorist operation against two alleged terrorists, who were entering through Kashmir’s Gurez Sector, and facilitated by Pakistan.
Aditya Raj Kaul, senior Indian journalist, shared the news on Twitter, “Infiltration bid foiled in Gurez Sector, Kashmir. Two terrorists killed in Kanzalwan. Movement was observed near LoC at 1130hrs. Contact established at 1400hrs. Enemy post opened fire to assists infiltrator. Retaliation by own troops. Ceasefire Violation in progress.”
#BREAKING: Infiltration bid foiled in Gurez Sector, Kashmir. Two terrorists killed in Kanzalwan. Movement was observed near LoC at 1130hrs. Contact established at 1400hrs. Enemy post opened fire to assists infiltrator. Retaliation by own troops. Ceasefire Violation in progress.
— Aditya Raj Kaul (@AdityaRajKaul) July 30, 2019
J&K: Suspicious movement was observed near Line of Control (LoC) around 11:30 AM today. Two terrorists were killed in Kanzalwan, in Gurez Block in Bandipora Dist. The bodies are yet to be retrieved. The security forces are retaliating. Exchange of fire is underway.
— ANI (@ANI) July 30, 2019
Indian media sources claimed that while India’s unprovoked firing led to the loss of multiple innocent lives in Azad Jammu & Kashmir (AJK), the Indian Army was hunting down “suspected terrorist launch pads and new positions being built on Pakistan’s side of the LoC.”
Army Sources:Ceasefire violation taking place since morning at multiple locations along Line of Control(LoC) including Uri,Tangdhar,Keran&Sunderbani. Indian Army in retaliation targeting suspected terrorist launch pads&new positions being built on Pak side of LoC #JammuAndKashmir
— ANI (@ANI) July 30, 2019
Faran Jeffery, militancy and conflict researcher from British counterterrorism think tank ITCT, revealed that, citing a very “reliable source”, no infiltration attempts or terrorist sightings occurred today, and Indian media reports are as fake as ever.
Jeffery said, “A very reliable Indian source tells me that there was in fact no infiltration attempt by militants in Gurez today and the news story reported by the Indian media is fake and likely an information operation by Indian security.”
Ok, so a very reliable Indian source tells me that there was in fact no infiltration attempt by militants in Gurez today and the news story reported by Indian media is fake and likely an information operation by Indian security. https://t.co/xwnxBWHyC5
— FJ (@Natsecjeff) July 30, 2019
Also note that there is no credible story that quotes Indian army officials connecting the infiltration attempt with LoC clashes. That particular claim is coming from selected Indian journalists and appears to be wrong or misguided. https://t.co/ygmvijkORC
— FJ (@Natsecjeff) July 30, 2019
Masood Khan, the President of Azad Jammu & Kashmir, condemned the Indian brutality in a strongly worded statement, shared via Twitter. Masood Khan said, “Strongly condemn India’s cowardly and deliberate mortar and artillery attacks across LOC which have killed one civilian and injured nine. They haven’t spared women and kids. Deepest condolences to bereaved families. Salute our troops who responded valiantly.”
Strongly condemn India’s cowardly and deliberate mortar and artillery attacks across LOC which have killed one civilian and injured mine. They have’t spared women and kids. Deepest condolences to bereaved families. Salute our troops who responded valiantly.
— Masood Khan (@Masood__Khan) July 30, 2019
Addressing the Indian agendas and rapid militarization in Indian-occupied Kashmir after US President Donald Trump’s statement to meditate on the Kashmir issue, Arshad Sharif, senior newsman and journalist, revealed that it is expected that India seeks to “undertake a misadventure in J&K.”
— Arshad Sharif (@arsched) July 30, 2019