Three soldiers martyred in LoC firing by Indian forces: ISPR

PM Imran condemned the LoC violation, FO summoned Indian envoy to protest ceasefire violation SIDDEEQ SAJID

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RAWALPINDI

Three soldiers of the Pakistan Army were martyred in firing by Indian forces from across the Line of Control (LoC), Inter-Services Public Relations Director General Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor said on Thursday.

In a tweet from his official account, army spokesperson said that the Pakistan armed forces, in a counter-attack, had killed five Indian soldiers and injured several others while bunkers were also damaged.

“The response by Pakistan Army also damaged bunkers on Indian side. Intermittent exchange of fire continues,” he wrote.

He revealed that the Indian army had increased firing along the LoC as part of “efforts to divert attention from [the] precarious situation in Indian-occupied Jammu and Kashmir”.

The Pakistani soldiers who lost their lives include Naik Tanveer, Lance Naik Taimoor and Sepoy Ramzan.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Imran Khan Thursday strongly condemned the unprovoked firing by the Indian security forces at the Line of Control resulting into loss of three soldiers.

In a statement, the prime minister prayed for eternal peace of the martyred soldiers of the Pakistan Army.

Separately, the Foreign Office (FO) on Thursday summoned Indian Deputy High Commissioner Gaurav Ahluwalia and condemned the Thursday’s unprovoked ceasefire violations along the LoC in Lipa and Battal Sectors.

“The ceasefire violations by India are a threat to regional peace and security and may lead to a strategic miscalculation,”   FO Director General (South Asia and Saarc) Dr Muhammad Faisal, who also serves as the foreign ministry spokesperson.

He urged the Indian side to instruct its forces to respect the ceasefire, in letter and spirit and maintain peace on the LoC and the Working Boundary. He urged that the Indian side should permit UNMOGIP to play its mandated role as per the UN Security Council resolutions.

Sources told that firing incident took place in Battal sector of Rawalakot Azad Kashmir. Indian forces again violated the cease fire agreement 2003 and started unprovoked firing which was responded in effective way by Pakistan army as forces were fully alert on line of control. Sources further told that during this year Indian forces violated the cease fire agreement over 1800 times and due to unprovoked firing over 20 security forces personnel and civilians embraced martyrdom.

The firing offensive from Indian forces comes on Aug 15, India’s Independence Day. Pakistan is observing the day as Black Day in order to protest against the ongoing Indian atrocities, blatant human rights violations and imposition of curfew in occupied Kashmir. The protest by Pakistan follows New Delhi’s decision to scrap Article 370 of the Indian constitution, stripping occupied Kashmir of its special autonomy.