Aug 12

One killed from Indian firing in Rawalakot

Indian ForcesRAWALAKOT: Indian Border Security Forces (BSF) personnel were firing across the Line of Control (LoC) in Rawalakot’s Battal sector in the early hours of Monday morning.

Moreover, a mortar shell fired by the Indian army exploded on a house in Donga Gambhir due to which a young man was killed whereas his sister was severely injured.

Following the incident, Pakistani Rangers responded with retaliatory firing. The exchange of fire has been ongoing in the area since 1:10 am.

Earlier on Sunday, Pakistan accused Indian forces of violating the ceasefire agreement between the countries on two counts. However, no casualties were reported in either incident.

Indian troops opened fire at a Rangers checkpost situated in Nakiyal sector on Sunday afternoon, Pakistani military sources claimed.

Pakistani military sources had earlier accused India of opening unprovoked fire on a Pakistani Rangers’ check post in the Sialkot sector on Sunday morning.

“Indian Border Security Forces resorted to unprovoked firing on Pakistani Rangers posts near Pukhlian, Head Marala area, in Sialkot sector,” an unnamed senior military official, told AFP.

Pakistan Rangers also resorted to retaliatory firing.

The exchange of fire continued for a few hours, but no loss of life was reported.

Following the attack, Rangers called for investigations to be launched into the incident.

Moreover the Indian news website, The Time of India reported on Sunday, that an Indian BSF soldier was injured in a sniper attack from the Pakistani side at Machial, northwest of Srinagar, in Indian-administered Kashmir.

Earlier on August 6, India accused Pakistani troops of involvement in an attack on an army post in the disputed Kashmir region in which five of its soldiers were killed.

The five were killed late Monday night at an outpost some 200 kilometres south of Srinagar, Indian officials said.

The Pakistan army however denied responsibility.

The Foreign Office rejected allegations of Pakistan’s involvement as “baseless and unfounded”, saying the country was committed to its ceasefire promises and wanted to resume peace talks with India soon.

Meanwhile, the Directors General Military Operations (DGMOs) of Pakistan and India on August 7 spoke over the hotline on the situation on the LoC, a UN-monitored de facto border dividing Kashmir between India and Pakistan.

Pakistan’s DGMO Major General Ashfaq Nadeem strongly denied that Pakistani troops were involved in the killing of five Indian soldiers, adding that the accusations levelled against the country’s soldiers were without foundation and utterly baseless, sources said.

Major General Nadeem moreover told his Indian counterpart that Pakistan wholeheartedly respected the ceasefire agreement with India.

On August 8, Pakistani military officials said Indian troops opened fire and seriously wounded a male civilian along the LoC.

Nov 28

Pakistan test fires nuclear-capable Hatf-5 Ghauri ballistic missile

Rawalpindi: Pakistan Army said on Wednesday it had successfully conducted a test fire of a medium-range Hatf-5 (Ghauri) ballistic missile having a capability of carrying both conventional and nuclear warheads.hatf 5 ghauri missile test

The launch was conducted by a Strategic Missile Group of the Army Strategic Force Command on the culmination of a field training exercise at , said Inter Services Public Relations on Wednesday.

The missile launch aimed at testing the operational readiness of the Army Strategic Force Command, it added.

Ghauri ballistic missile is a liquid fuel missile which can carry both conventional and nuclear warheads over a distance of 1300 kms.

The test monitoring of the launch was conducted at the National Command Centre through the medium of National Command Authority’s fully automated Strategic Command and Control Support System (SCCSS).

ISPR said the test consolidates and strengthens Pakistan’s deterrence capability, and national security.

The President and Prime Minister have congratulated all ranks of the Army Strategic Force Command on the excellent standard achieved during training which was reflected in the proficient handling of the weapon system in the field and the accuracy of the training launch

May 29

Siachen Tragedy: Army declares buried troops martyr

RAWALPINDI: The Pakistan Army has declared all the victims of Gayari sector as ‘Shuhada’ (martyrs) on Tuesday,Siachen Army Soilder According to Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR), the army has declared all the victims of Gayari sector as martyrs, as nature and magnitude of the calamity is suggestive of no probability of recovering any one alive.

Fifty-two days have passed since the tragic incident of Gayari took place and bodies of three martyrs were found during operation. Notwithstanding the resolve of troops employed on search operations, excavation work is taking time due to constraints imposed by terrain and weather, the statement stated.

In this backdrop, religious scholars from all sects and factions were consulted. Aspects related to socio-religious dimensions / implications, requirements to initiate the process of documentation, and reduction of the sufferings of the bereaved families have been evaluated in detail.

Therefore, it was decided to declare the remaining brave soldiers as “Shuhada”. This is being done with mixed feelings of pride, grief and above all unflinching resolve to continue efforts to recover the remaining bodies.

May 27

Soldier Muhammad Hussain Funeral Prayer Offered

The funeral prayer of Muhammad Hussain who was buried under the avalanche has been offered.
Muhammad Hussain (Pakistan Army)
According to details, the body of the soldier has been sent to his native village for burial.

The first dead body of one of the one hundred and thirty-nine soldiers who were buried under an avalanche in the Gayari Sector on the seventh of last month was recovered on the fiftieth day of the operation on Saturday.

The rescuers found the body near the check post where the soldiers were present at the time of the tragedy and there are hopes that more bodies will be found nearby.

May 27

Body of one soldier (Muhammad Hussain) recovered from Gayari

SKARDU: Body of one soldier, trapped in Gayari sector of the Siachen glacier some 50 days back, has been recovered.

According to sources, rescue operation is continuing to reach out to the 124 trapped soldiers and 11 civilians hit by an avalanche on April 07.

The body of the solider has been shifted to Gomal Army hospital.

The soldier has been identified as Shaheed Muhammad Hussain who hails from Skardu.

There are reports of recovering of another body but the military sources have not confirmed yet.

Clearance efforts are continuing round the clock since the avalanche hit the camp more than a month ago.