Army kills 7 Pakistani soldiers in ‘Retaliatory action’, injures 4 along LoC

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In a strong retaliation attack, Indian Army killed today seven Pakistani soldiers and wounded four in areas along the Line of Control (LoC) for the killing of an Indian soldier in Pakistan firing on Saturday. The Army’s act took place in the leading areas along the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir’s Poonch district. The reply came following an Indian soldier was killed in Pakistani firing along the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir’s Rajouri district on Saturday.

On the other hand, the Pakistan army said in a statement that four of its soldiers were killed along the LoC in the Jandrot, Kohli sector. The army, on the other side, killed six Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM) terrorists. The Jammu and Kashmir DGP SP Vaid said that “We have recovered five bodies from the spot. I think six have died, one body is being searched. They belonged to Jaish-e-Mohammed and information was that they are suicide attackers”. “Since past few days, we were getting inputs about possible attempts to infiltrate from Uri sector. So, ambushes were laid out in that area by Army, J&K police & CRPF. In the morning, exchange of fire took place in one of the ambushes,” added Vaid.

While addressing Army members at an event of the 70th Army Day, Army Chief General Bipin Rawat cautioned Pakistan not to force India to step up its military attacking. “Pakistan Army has been continuously trying to help terrorists sneak into India along LoC in J&K. We are using our might to teach them a lesson. If we are forced, then we may resort to other action by stepping up military offensive,” Rawat said. General Rawat also talked about Pakistan’s continuous ceasefire violations. He said that “Ceasefire violations by Pakistan happen frequently, to which we respond effectively. We will take even stronger steps against our enemies if we are compelled to do so”. Rawat added that anti-India activities will not be allowed.

As per the data compiled by the Union Home ministry, Pakistani forces have violated ceasefire 724 times along the IB and the LoC till October in comparison to 449 times in 2016. “We will call their bluff. If given the task, we will not say we cannot cross the border because they have nuclear weapons,” said General Rawat. He also added that quarrels along Line of Actual Control in the nation’s northern border with China are continuing, with steady transgressions happening. The Army chief said terrorism has been limited in the Eastern front. “Our intelligence based and people-friendly operations in the north-east have managed to limit terrorism to a large extent,” the Army chief said.

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