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J&K: At least 6 Pakistan soldiers killed as Indian Army retaliates against LoC ceasefire violation | India News – Times of India

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NEW DELHI/SRINAGAR: India on Friday conducted retaliatory punitive fire assaults against posts, bunkers and fuel dumps across the Line of Control in Kashmir, in which six to seven Pakistani soldiers were reportedly killed and several others injured. Four Indian soldiers and four civilians, including a woman, also lost their lives in the heavy exchange of cross-border firing.
The major escalation in hostilities with Pakistan came amidst the ongoing military confrontation with China in eastern Ladakh, in yet another stark reminder of the two-front collusive threat India faces along its long unresolved borders with the two nuclear-armed neighbours.
India has recorded as many as 4,052 ceasefire violations (CFVs) by Pakistan already this year, smashing all annual records over the last 17 years. India has lost around 20 soldiers and an equal number of civilians, with many more being grievously injured, in the CFVs this year.
Both armies have often used 105mm and 155mm artillery guns, anti-tank guided missiles and heavy mortars in “caliber-escalation” to target each other, as was the case on Friday.
Indian Army officers said Pakistan initiated “unprovoked” CFVs with heavy mortars and other weapons spread across multiple sectors along the 778-km long LoC, including Baramulla, Dawar, Keran, Uri and Naugam, after a major infiltration bid was foiled in the Keran sector of Kupwara district on Friday morning.
“Pakistan deliberately targeted our civilian areas. Our troops retaliated strongly and hit them very hard, causing substantial damage to Pakistan Army’s infrastructure across the LoC. Several ammunition and FOL (fuels, oils and lubricants) dumps and multiple terrorists launch pads were damaged in our retaliatory strikes,” said a senior officer, speaking to TOI.
“Radio intercepts suggest six to seven Pakistan Army soldiers, including two Special Service Group (SSG) commandos, who are often involved in BAT (border action team) operations, were killed in our fire. Another 10-12 were injured,” he added. The Army even released short video clips of the targeted fire assaults to destroy Pakistani positions at multiple locations along the LoC.
The fresh Keran infiltration bid on Friday morning came barely five days after an Army captain, two soldiers and a BSF constable lost their lives thwarting a similar intrusion in the area.
“The infiltration bid was promptly repelled by our alert troops. It led to CFVs by Pakistan at multiple locations, from Keran to Uri. We gave a befitting response,” said defence spokesperson Colonel Rajesh Kalia.
The casualties on the Indian side included BSF sub-inspector Rakesh Doval and three Army soldiers, while the civilians were identified as Tahib Ahmad Mir of Sultan Daki, Irshad Ahmad and Afrar Ahmed in Kamlakote and Farooqi Begum of Balkote.
In Poonch, five civilians were injured as mortars rained down on the forward areas. Similarly, two schoolgirls were among the five civilians injured in Pakistani shelling in Bandipora. All the injured were admitted to the local primary health centres, where their condition was said to be stable.
As earlier reported by TOI, the total number of CFVs along the LoC stood at 971 in 2017 and 1,629 in 2018. The number jumped to 3,168 in 2019, with major spikes being registered first after the Balakot air strikes and then the nullification of Article 370 and bifurcation of J&K.
“Pakistan is upping the ante this year since India is engaged in the military confrontation with China in Ladakh since early-May. With the onset of winter, the Pakistan Army is also trying to push as many terrorists and arms as possible into J&K before the mountain passes get blocked by snow,” said another officer.



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