Jammu & Kashmir: Army Jawan Killed in Ceasefire Violation by Pakistan in Kupwara
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Srinagar, December 6: An Indian Army jawan was killed in a ceasefire violation by Pakistan on Thursday in Kupwara district. The casualty was reported in Machil sector, where a soldier posted on border duty was struck in unprovoked firing from across the border. The identity of the deceased was yet to be confirmed.

The casualty is reported a day after Pakistani Rangers violated ceasefire along the Line of Control (LoC) in Uri sector of J&K. The cross-border firing had left two Indian soldiers, identified as Sepoy Dupo Vesu Nath and Naik M. Willan, severely injured.

Officials on Wednesday said another breach of ceasefire also came to light along the border in north Kashmir's Baramulla. No casualties, however, were incurred on either sides.

Army sources, while speaking to reporters, said the forces have been instructed to "retaliate in equal measures" to any sort of aggression shown by Pakistan.

The fresh round of turbulence along the border comes days after Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan pitched for peace with India, stressing that "dialogue is the only solution to end all disputes".

The Indian side had, however, rejected his peace initiative, accusing Islamabad of abetting insurgency in Kashmir. The Ministry of External Affairs had demanded Khan to crackdown on cross-border terrorism, before pitching for resumption of bilateral dialogue with India. "Our stand is clear - talks and terror can't go hand in hand," External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said.