Friday, February 11, 2000,
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J A M M U   &   K A S H M I R

Jawan killed in firing along LoC

JAMMU, Feb 10 (PTI) — Pakistani troops resorted to heavy firing along the Line of Control (LoC) in Nowshera sector of Jammu division, killing an Army jawan while low-intensity shelling was traded in Poonch and Rajouri sectors since last night, official sources said here today.

The Pakistani troops resorted to heavy firing on a forward border outpost in Oamladara-Kalal in Nowshera sector of Rajouri late last night.

In the firing, one Army jawan, Rifleman Deepak Singh Rawat, was critically injured and later succumbed to his injuries in the hospital. The Indian troops retaliated.

Both the sides also traded shelling in the Krishna Ghati, Bhimber Gali, Mendhar, Laam, Kerni, Sunderbani and Barakote areas of Poonch and Rajouri sectors since last evening. No casualty was reported.

The Pakistani authorities have moved four infantry battalions from its Lahore-based 10 Corps and Gujranwala-based 30 corps to the Muzzafarabad region in Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir (PoK).

  Along with the inducting fresh forces, the Pakistan army has also moved medium range 80-mm and 120-mm mortars to the front line. Earlier, reports had hinted that the Pakistan army might pass on some of these heavy mortars to the mercenaries.

Mercenary commanders have been quoted by the Pakistani media as saying that they were planning to set up so-called "liberated zones" within the Kashmir valley as also to disrupt the lines of communications of the Indian forces.Top

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