Indian security officials have said it has been retorting “in a punitive manner” to each and every ceasefire violation by the Pakistan army and Rangers, inflicting “heavy damage” on military bunkers and posts across the line of control (LoC) and international border (IB).
The statement came after Pakistan officially claimed that seven of its rangers were killed overnight in cross-border firing by Indian troops in Bhimber sector of the LoC.
“Pakistani troops, while responding to the unprovoked firing, targeted Indian posts effectively (Pak media reports held four Indian soldiers were killed and five posts destroyed),” added the Pakistan army.
However, the contention has been rejected by Indian security officials. “Our forces only respond when Pakistani troops first violate the ceasefire. But we respond with the aim to achieve maximum impact, give a befitting reply at a time and place of our choosing,” said a senior officer, according to a report in Economic Times.
“Moreover, we don’t hide our casualties. We have lost 10 Army soldiers and four BSF personnel in cross-border firing since September. Pakistan has lost many more soldiers, and is now being forced to acknowledge its casualties for the first time,” said a senior officer.
Seven Pakistani soldiers were killed at the LoC in the Bhimber sector in an alleged ceasefire violation by Indian troops late last night, according to a statement by the Army. Pakistani troops responded to “unprovoked” Indian firing and targeted Indian posts “effectively”, it said.
Pakistan also summoned Indian High Commissioner Gautam Bambawale to “deplore” the increasing Indian ceasefire violations at the LoC.