The Indian Army has targeted Pakistani military administrative headquarters across the de facto border in Kashmir in retaliation to the recent shelling of Indian positions in Poonch and Jhallas, security officials said on Monday.
The Indian Army retaliated in the Khuiratta and Samani areas of Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK), they said. The Pakistani army had shelled the brigade headquarters and other Indian military formations in Jammu and Kashmir’s Poonch on October 23.
“In response to Pakistani army’s firing of stray shells on Poonch and Jhallas on October 23, 2018, the Indian Army has sent a strong signal by firing at Pakistani army administrative headquarters… and the residents of border villages also reported that they could see smoke emanating,” the officials said.
Quoting information received from across the border, the officials claimed that several photographs “stood testimony” to the reports of border villagers that they had seen smoke billowing from the Pakistani headquarters after the Indian military’s retaliatory action. They said the Indian Army has exercised maximum restraint, despite continuous provocation by the Pakistani army.
The officials claimed that against the more than 138 fatal casualties suffered by the Pakistani army in the area in 2017, the numbers reduced to half till May 2018 after the neighbouring nation was forced to request for a ceasefire in the face of mounting deaths and injuries. They also pointed to the recent killing of two Pakistan Border Action Team personnel in the Sunderbani sector on October 21 and the country’s refusal to accept their bodies.
The Indian Army has avoided targeting civilian population living in the close proximity of the Line of Control (LoC) in PoK areas such as Hajira, Bandi Gopalpur, Nikial, Samani and Khuiratta, the officials said.
New Delhi Correspondent