Published On: Thu, Aug 15th, 2019

Three Pak soldiers killed in retaliatory firing by Army in J&K’s Uri, Rajourii

Jammu: Following fresh ceasefire violation by the Pakistani Army along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday in Uri and Rajouri sectors, at least three Pakistani soldiers were killed in a retaliatory firing by the Indian troops.

For the past few days, there have been attempts by Pakistan to push in infiltrators

Defence sources, ceasefire violations by the Pakistani troops were also reported in KG Sector of Nangi Tekri area of the state. The Pakistani troops began firing on the day when India was celebrating its 73rd Independence Day.

The Indian Army said Pakistan initiated ceasefire violation by firing small arms and mortars around 7 am in the Krishan Ghati sector in Poonch district on August 15. The Indian Army retaliated and the firing continued till 5.30 pm.

Pakistan Army spokesperson Major General Asif Ghafoor accused the Indian Army of “increasing firing” along the LoC to divert attention from the precarious situation in Kashmir.

The Pakistan Army spokesman also claimed that five Indian soldiers were killed and their bunkers were also destroyed.

However, the Indian Army categorically rejected Pakistan’s claims of five Indian soldiers being killed in ceasefire violations along the LoC. The official, however, acknowledged that there was ceasefire violation in Nowgam and Krishna Ghati sector, but there was no casualty on the Indian side.

Earlier on Thursday, Northern Army Commander Lt Gen Ranbir Singh said that for the last few days Pakistan has been attempting to push in infiltrators.

“For the past few days, there have been attempts by Pakistan to push in infiltrators. Such infiltration attempts have been supported by ceasefire violations,” Lt Gen Singh said.

“However, the Indian Army is totally alert. We have been able to foil all such attempts at the Line of Control (LoC) itself,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Pakistan army on Thursday said that three of its soldiers were killed on the LoC firing by Indian forces. But India denied Pakistan army’s claim about five Indian soldiers getting killed in exchange of fire on August 15.

The DG ISPR had said in a tweet that three Pakistani soldiers were killed in the firing on the LoC by Indian forces. It had also claimed to have killed five Indian soldiers in retaliatory fire.

 

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