3 Pakistan soldiers killed in LoC firing

Indian army commandos crossed the Line of Control and killed three Pakistani soldiers, penetrating around 200-300 meters on the other side of the de-facto border, two days after four Indian soldiers, including a major, were targeted and killed by Pakistan in cross border firing, a source said on Tuesday.
3 Pakistan soldiers killed in LoC firing
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Indian army commandos crossed the Line of Control and killed three Pakistani soldiers, penetrating around 200-300 meters on the other side of the de-facto border, two days after four Indian soldiers, including a major, were targeted and killed by Pakistan in cross border firing, a source said on Tuesday. Pakistan however dismissed the alleged cross-LOC adventures by Indian army as "figment of India's imagination."

The source said that it was a "local tactical level action" and it was a short distance raid.

The source, however, didn't term the action a surgical strike like the one conducted on September 29, 2016, when Indian army commandos crossed the Line of Control to target "terror launch pads inside Pakistan-controlled territory."

The source called it a "tit-for-tat action" to avenge the killing of the Indian soldiers. Four to five Ghatak commandos were involved in the action. Ghatak commandos are special operations capable infantry platoon.

The post targeted was of 59 Baloch regiment of the Pakistan army, and at least three Pakistan soldiers were killed while one was injured. The source added that as per intelligence inputs, there can be three more casualties on Pakistan's side.

The incident took place along the Naushera sector of Rajouri district, and the Pakistan post targeted was in Rukh Chakri sector of Rawalkot.

The source said that it was a "tactical" operation conducted at 6 pm on Monday after the Pakistan military men tried to cross over apparently to plant IEDs on the Indian side of the border.

Since the 2016 surgical strike, this is the first incident of Indian soldiers crossing the Line of Control, though the source said that from time to time Indian troops "do cross the border while undertaking operations."

Pakistan army confirmed the death of three soldiers in an "unprovoked heavy cross-border shelling by Indian forces" at Rukh Chakri sector in Rawlakot.

The incident took place two days after four Indian soldiers, who were part of a patrol party, were killed by Pakistan troops in heavy cross-border firing along the LoC in the Rajouri sector.

On Sunday, two Pakistani snipers, who were trying to target Indian soldiers on the LoC, were killed in Indian firing on the LoC in Poonch and Rajouri districts.

The Monday's deaths take the Pakistani casualty toll to five in two days.

The Indian Army claimed to have killed dozens of militants and their sympathisers in Pakistan-administered Kashmir in the covert operation that came nearly 10 days after a terror attack on a military base at Uri near the LoC that killed 19 soldiers on September 18 last year.

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Pakistan on Tuesday summoned India's acting deputy high commissioner to protest "unprovoked" firing by the Indian army that killed its three soldiers along the LoC.

The Foreign Office in a statement rejected reports that the Indian Army commandos crossed the Line of Control in Poonch sector of Jammu and Kashmir and smashed a post.

"The false claims by India about the alleged cross LoC adventures are a figment of their imagination and counter-productive for peace and tranquility on the LoC," it said.

"The Indian actions got a befitting response from the Pakistani side and their guns were silenced," it claimed

The Foreign Office spokesman said director general (SA & SAARC) Mohammad Faisal summoned India's acting deputy high commissioner and "condemned the unprovoked ceasefire violations" by Indian forces in the Rakhchikri sector.

He claimed that the firing "provided a cover for the planting of IEDs by non-state actors", resulting in the death of three soldiers.

Faisal urged the Indian side to "respect the 2003 ceasefire arrangement; investigate this and other incidents of ceasefire violations; instruct the Indian forces to respect the ceasefire, in letter and spirit and maintain peace on the LoC." (IANS/PTI)

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