India and Pakistan trade accusations over deadly shooting

A day after a young captain and three soldiers were killed in heavy shelling by Pakistani forces in Rajouri district, Army vice-chief Lt-General Sarath Chand on Monday warned of strong retaliatory action to avenge the losses. Pakistan said it retaliated after Indian forces killed two civilians and wounded several others.

Earlier, Minister of State for Home Affairs Hansraj Ahir also condemned Sunday's ceasefire violation in Jammu and Kahsmir's Rajouri and Poonch districts saying that it shall "cost Pakistan dearly".

- The first casualty among the armed forces this year was reported on January 3, when 55-year-old R P Hazra was killed in Pakistani shelling in Samba sector of Jammu & Kashmir.

"The Pakistan was trying to infiltrate the terrorists into the Indian boundary and when it was made a failure by the Indian army, Pakistan got infuriated and targeted the soldiers with missiles where our four jawans were martyred", he said.

He said the Indian side should permit UN Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan to play its mandated role as per the UN Security Council resolutions.

The issue of unabated ceasefire violations also led to a 10-minute adjournment during the Zero Hour. "This unprecedented escalation in ceasefire violations by India is continuing from the year 2017 when the Indian forces committed 1970 ceasefire violations", he claimed.

A senior officer of the Army approximated that around 130-140 Pakistan army soldiers were killed by India past year.

He said the process initiated by former prime minister Atal Bihari Vaypayee should be taken forward for everlasting peace.

"Martyrdom of Indian Army soldiers will not go in vain".

India regularly accuses Pakistan of aiding fighters in crossing the LoC to attack Indian targets.

"Are they (Pakistan) the only ones who're firing?" According to the reports, the neighboring country has violated the ceasefire an alarming 140 times during the last month, which is more than their occurrences in 2014.

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