Pakistan claims killing five Indian soldiers in retaliatory attack

Five Indian soldiers died in retaliatory firing along the Line of Control (LoC) in Tatta Pani sector on Saturday, Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said in a press release.

Pakistani troops initiated indiscriminate firing of small arms, automatics, 82 mm and 120 mm mortars from 0920 hours on Saturday along the Line of Control (LoC) in Krishna Ghati sector, a defence spokesman said.

Last Thursday, the Indian Deputy High Commissioner J.P. Singh was summoned at the Foreign Office and conveyed to the Indian government via him that targeting civilians at the border must be avoided and also implementation of 2003 ceasefire understanding must be ensured.

The Pakistani forces "violently responded", destroyed Indian bunkers and killed five Indian soldiers while many were injured, the spokesperson further said.

Indian troops had resorted to unprovoked firing in Nezapir Sector along the LoC, injuring the civilians.

At least two people killed and six others, including four women, were injured in recent Indian firing along the LoC. Exchanges of fire have been reported sporadically since the new year began.

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 - a claim Pakistan strongly rejected.

Kashmir, a Muslim-majority Himalayan region, is held by India and Pakistan in parts and claimed by both in full.

  • Leroy Wright