Pakistan claims its 7 soldiers killed in LoC firing
Chandigarh: Cross-border firing still has not cooled yet. Pakistan army on Monday said at least seven of its soldiers were killed in firing allegedly by Indian troops across the Line of Control.
However, some strategic analysts in Delhi said that these deaths may have happened earlier during India’s surgical strike on September 29th. Pakistan did not accept the deaths of its soldiers by Indian Commandos at that time but it may be gradually releasing the names of its dead jawans.
Pakistani troops responded to “unprovoked” Indian firing and targeted Indian posts effectively, as per their press release.
“The international community should pay attention,” Pakistani Defense Minister Khawaja Mohammad Asif told Geo News TV. “It can escalate. This could be catastrophic for the region.”
Indian sources did not respond to reports in Pakistan that last night’s incident involved anti-tank guided missiles which are shoulder-launched tactical weapons which can be used to destroy bunkers and posts. 120 mm heavy mortars, which have been used by both sides, are also considered artillery weapons those these have less firepower than artillery guns. Both sides have also deployed artillery guns which Pakistan now claims has been used by the Indian Army in last night’s retaliation.
India’s High Commissioner Gautam Bambawale has reportedly been summoned this afternoon by the Pakistan government so it can lodge a formal complaint.
Since India carried out surgical strikes in Pakistan on September 29, cross-border firing has escalated significantly. Islamabad denies that Indian troops crossed into Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir to target areas used to gather terrorists. The cross-border raids took place days after Pakistani terrorists attacked an army base in Uri in Kashmir, leaving 19 soldiers dead.
Since the surgical strikes, India has lost 13 military and para-military personnel in cross-border firing.