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Nine Indian soldiers killed

Pakistan Army in retaliation
One Pakist­ani soldie­r, five civili­ans martyr­ed; PM condem­ns India’s unprov­oked aggres­sion
DNA
RAWALPINDI
At least nine Indian soldiers were killed, many others injured and two bunkers destroyed by Pakistan Army in retaliation to unprovoked firing that targeted civilians near the Line of Control (LoC), Director-General Inter-Services Public Relations (DG-ISPR) said in a statement on Sunday.
“Pakistan Army troops “effectively responded” to the latest Indian ceasefire violations, deliberately targeting civilians, in Jura, Shahkot and Nousehri sectors along the Line of Control,” the Director General ISPR Major General Asif Ghafoor tweeted Sunday.
According to a tweet by the ISPR chief, one soldier of Pakistan Army and three civilians embraced martyrdom. Besides, two soldiers and five civilians sustained injuries in an exchange of fire.
Two bunkers of the Indian army were also destroyed in firing by Pakistani troops.
In another tweet, the ISPR stated: “Targeting innocent civilians by Indian Army is an attempt to justify their false claims of targeting alleged camps. Injured civilians evacuated to District hospitals.
UNMOGIP as well as domestic & foreign media have open access to AJK, a liberty not available in IOJ&K.”
Targeting innocent civilians by Indian Army is an attempt to justify their false claims of targeting alleged camps. Injured civilians evacuated to District hospitals. UNMOGIP as well as domestic & foreign media have open access to AJK, a liberty not available in IOJ&K.
The Indian provocation comes as tensions remain high between India and Pakistan over the former s move to revoke occupied Kashmir s special autonomy on August 5.
Earlier, two children among three members of a family were martyred and seven others injured in unprovoked Indian shelling from across the restive Line of Control (LoC) on October 15.
Talking to journalists, Kahuta’s superintendent of police (SP) said that Indian troops resorted to unprovoked firing in Rawalakot sector across the LoC and resultantly three members of a family were martyred and seven others received serious injuries. He said that the rescue officials shifted the bodies and the injured to the hospital.
The police officer said that the family was killed after a mortar shell, fired by Indian troops, hit their house located in Naza Pir sector area of Rawalakot.
Pakistan and India had declared ceasefire along the LoC, the de facto border between both countries in disputed Kashmir region, and the Working Boundary in 2003; however, both sides routinely exchange fire and accuse each other of ceasefire violations.
Tension has been heightened after India lifted a special status for the Indian-controlled Kashmir in August. In its reaction, Pakistan downgraded its diplomatic relations, suspended trade relations and train service with India.
Indian media quoted police as saying that two Indian army soldiers were killed in Pakistani firing along LoC in Tangdhar sector on Sunday.
In India, officials said on Sunday Indian troops launched major attack on what they claimed terror camps inside Pakistan-administered Kashmir and inflicted heavy casualties.
Residents living near the LoC in Pakistan-administered Kashmir confirmed heavy shelling by the Indian troops Saturday night.



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