Poonch Terror Attack: India should not welcome Pak Foreign Minister to SCO, says Ex J&K DGP

Jammu,  Paying tributes to the five Army soldiers martyred in a terror attack in Poonch district, former Jammu and Kashmir Director General of Police, Dr S P Vaid on Thursday said that India should not welcome Pakistan Foreign Minister to Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) meeting scheduled on May4- 5 at Goa.

Taking to micro-blogging site, Dr Vaid said, “As it turns out, the Indian Army truck that caught fire in Poonch, Jammu and Kashmir today that resulted in the death of five of our bravest, was the work of Terrorists.”

“Intelligence inputs were suggesting a major attack in Jammu and Kashmir in view of G20 meetings across the country and in Jammu and Kashmir as well,” he wrote.

The former Police Chief further wrote, “My sincere tribute to the martyrs who laid down their lives for the country. India should not welcome Pakistan Foreign Affairs Minister to the SCO meeting in Goa in view of what their establishment is doing to sabotage India’s rising power status in the international world.”

“Deep state of Pakistan is not bothered about its people dying of hunger, but will continue sponsoring terrorism in this part of the country,” said Dr Vaid on Twitter.

Five soldiers were killed and one injured after an Indian Army vehicle was fired upon by unidentified terrorists on Thursday at around 3 pm in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir, defence spokesperson said.

While initial reports suggested that a lightning strike may have caused the truck to catch fire, it was later found that the blaze was likely due to terrorists using grenades. The incident happened at Bhata Dhurian falls in Mendhar sub division while the vehicle was moving from Bhimber Gali to Sangiot.

The defence spokesperson said, “Today, at approximately 1500 hours, one Army vehicle, moving between Bhimber Gali and Poonch in the Rajouri sector was fired on by unidentified terrorists, taking advantage of heavy rains and low visibility in the area. The vehicle caught fire, due to likely use of grenades by terrorists.”

Five personnel of the Rashtriya Rifles Unit deployed for Counter Terrorist operations in this area lost their lives in the incident. Another seriously injured soldier was evacuated immediately to the Army Hospital at Rajouri and is under treatment.