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5 Pakistan Army soldiers martyred in explosion near LoC: ISPR

Updated July 03, 2019

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(From L-R) Naik Sher Zaman, Subedar Muhammad Sadiq and Sepoy Ghulam Qasim. — Photos courtesy: ISPR
(From L-R) Naik Sher Zaman, Subedar Muhammad Sadiq and Sepoy Ghulam Qasim. — Photos courtesy: ISPR

Five Pakistan Army soldiers were martyred and one other sustained injuries in an explosion that took place a few metres from the Line of Control in Chamb sector of Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK), Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said in a statement on Wednesday.

The nature of the blast, which took place in Barnala tehsil, is being ascertained.

The military's media wing said the incident "is evident [sic] of state-sponsored terrorism by India violating bilateral ceasefire agreement and the international rules".

The personnel martyred in the incident include:

  • Subedar Muhammad Sadiq, aged 44, resident of village Bandi P/O Jura, tehsil Athmuqam and district Neelam
  • Sepoy Muhammad Tayyab, aged 26, r/o village Surakhi, tehsil and district Khushab
  • Naik Sher Zaman, aged 36, r/o village Shamashaki, district Karak
  • Sepoy Zohaib, aged 20, r/o village Nandi Nar Ghamir Manhdala, tehsil Hajira and district Poonch
  • Sepoy Ghulam Qasim, aged 22, r/o village Sahiwal, tehsil Sahiwal and district Sargodha.

High tensions

Tensions have been running high between India and Pakistan in the wake of a suicide attack on an Indian military convoy in Pulwama district of Indian-occupied Kashmir on February 14, which killed more than 40 paramilitary troops.

In what was the most serious military crisis in South Asia since 2008, Indian and Pakistani warplanes engaged in a dogfight on Feb 27, a day after a raid by Indian jet fighters on what New Delhi said was a militant camp in Pakistan. Islamabad denied any militant camp exists in the area and said the Indian bombs exploded on an empty hillside.

Pakistan downed an Indian plane for violating its airspace and captured its pilot after he ejected in AJK.

The tensions de-escalated after Prime Minister Imran Khan decided to release the Indian pilot as a peace gesture, and following concerted diplomatic efforts by countries including the United States, China and the UAE.

Nevertheless, ceasefire violations along the de-factor border have been occurring regularly.