National Defence Bureau,
New Delhi, 18 March 2018
In a case of indiscriminate mortar shelling at Balakot near Gursai, Thesil Mendhar, Dist Poonch on 18 Mar 18 morning, seven people were injured, of which five succumbed to their injuries. The two survivors were evecuted to Jammu by helicopter.
The crew of the helicopter belonging to 132 FAC flight, Flight Lieutenant Mittal and Flying Officer Akash quickly swung into action and landed at rajouri at 1200. They were airborne with,Maurin aged 7 years and Nourin aged 10 years within the next two minutes. They landed at Jammu at 1239 whereon the casualties were shifted to the Civil Hospital. The sisters were escorted by their uncle Inzamam.
Pakistan Army initiated unprovoked and indiscriminate firing from 0745h to 1130h along the Line of Control (LoC) in Balakote sector using small arms, 81mm and 120mm mortars.
Pakistan continues in its cowardly design of targeting innocent civilians, their homes and livestock in villages close to the Line of Control. The deliberate provocation has resulted in loss of five precious and innocent civilian lives.
Indian Army has retaliated strongly, effectively and proportionately to the dastardly act.
Shailesh Kumar is an independent journalist with over 15 years of experience in crime, political and defence reporting for leading media brands including Star News, India TV and NewsX. He is the founder editor of defence and security news portal, National Defence.