Cross-LoC firing: Nine Indian soldiers killed as Pak Army responds: ISPR

RAWALPINDI: Nine soldiers of the Indian army were killed and many others injured when Pakistan Army troops gave a “befitting response” to Indian ceasefire violations in Jura, Shahkot and Nousehri Khuiratta and Kotkhetera Tatta Pani sectors along the Line of Control, director general of the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said on Sunday. 

According to DG ISPR Major General Asif Ghafoor, firing by Indian troops martyred one Pakistani soldier and five civilians. 

“Total 5 civilians shaheed. Indian guns silent as of now to undertake evacuation of their dead and injured after effective and befitting response from Pakistan Army,” DG ISPR tweeted.

“Two soldiers and five civilians were injured in cross-border firing,” the statement said.

“Indian unprovoked CFVs in Jura, Shahkot and Nousehri Sectors deliberately targeting civilians. Effectively responded. Nine Indian soldiers killed several injured,” DG ISPR said.

He added two Indian bunkers were also destroyed in firing by Pakistani soldiers. 

The military’s media spokesperson added the targeting of innocent civilians by Indian Army was an attempt to justify their false claims of targeting alleged camps.

“Injured civilians evacuated to District hospitals. UNMOGIP as well as domestic and foreign media have open access to AJK, a liberty not available in IOJ&K,” he said.

DG ISPR further said Indian Army shall always get befitting response to CFVs. “Pakistan Army shall protect innocent civilians along LOC & inflict unbearable cost to Indian Army. Indian lies to justify their false claims and preparations for a false flag operation will continue to be exposed with truth,” he said.

He added, “Indian Army struggling to pick dead bodies and evacuate injured soldiers. Indian Army raising white flag. This they should think before initiating unprovoked CFVs and respect military norms by avoiding to target innocent civilians.”

“Typical of Indian media falsely claiming targeting of alleged camps. Get access to IOJ&K & have moral courage to cover damages caused by Pakistan Army. All your previous claims met their fate so shall this one. Follow journalistic ethos of Pakistan media for reporting with responsibility,” he added.

Earlier this month, a Pakistani soldier was martyred and two civilians injured after Indian troops resorted to “unprovoked” firing from across the LoC.