Jammu/Srinagar: Seven Pakistani soldiers were killed on Monday in retaliatory firing by the Indian Army after a ceasefire violation in Jammu and Kashmir.
The Pakistan Army, however, said it lost four of its soldiers in a cross-border firing by India across the LoC and claimed to have killed three Indian troops.
In his address to army personnel in Delhi to mark the Army Day on Monday, the Army chief said Pakistan Army is continuously trying to help militants sneak into India along the Line of Control (LoC) in J and K.
“Pakistani troops violated the ceasefire along the LoC and resorted to shelling on forward posts in Jaglote belt in Mendhar sector (in Poonch district) early today,” a senior Army officer told PTI in Jammu.
Indian troops guarding the LoC took positions and targeted the Pakistani post involved in the ceasefire violation in Kotli by retaliatory action of heavy shelling, he said.
In the retaliation, seven Pakistani soldiers were killed and four other soldiers injured, the officer said, adding the dead included a Major.
The Pakistan Army’s media wing Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) said in a statement in Islamabad that its personnel were fired upon and hit by heavy mortar rounds while carrying out “line communication maintenance” along the LoC in Kotli sector’s Jandrot area.
Four Pakistani soldiers were killed in the exchange of fire, it said.
Three Indian soldiers were also killed, the statement claimed.