Five Indian soldiers killed in retaliatory firing by Pakistani troops along LoC


As many as five Indian soldiers were killed and many injured as Pakistan Army responded to unprovoked firing by Indian troops along the Line of Control (LoC) on Saturday, DG Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Major General Asif Ghafoor said.

Pakistan Army befittingly responded to yet another incident of ceasefire violation by Indian troops in the Tatta Pani sector along the LoC, destroying Indian bunkers in the exchange of fire, the DG ISPR said in a tweet.

Earlier on Friday, two civilians were injured as Indian border forces violated the ceasefire agreement along the LoC, according to the ISPR.

Indian troops had resorted to unprovoked firing in Nezapir Sector along the LoC, injuring the civilians. However, the Indian firing was effectively responded to by Pakistan Army troops, which silenced the enemy guns.

Today’s episode marks the second incident of cross-border firing this week. On Thursday, two individuals were killed and six others injured when Indian troops resorted to unprovoked firing along the LoC.

After the Uri army base attack in September, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi stepped up his attempt to ‘isolate’ Pakistan diplomatically.

In the days following the attack, India claimed to have conducted a cross-border ‘surgical strike’ against ‘launch pads of terror’ in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK)—a claim Pakistan strongly rejected.

However, Pakistan maintains that India has been attempting to divert the world’s attention away from atrocities committed by government forces in India-held Kashmir (IHK).

On top of that, tensions between the two countries soared recently as India approached the International Court of Justice (ICJ) to secure consular access for Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav, who was sentenced to death by a Field General Court Martial (FGCM) in Pakistan over his involvement in terrorism and espionage.