2 Pak Soldiers Killed In LoC Clash

Indian forces personnel patrolling near the line of control - File Pic

ISLAMABAD - The Pakistan Army on Thursday said that two of its soldiers were killed in unprovoked firing by the Indian troops along the Line of Control (LOC).

The army also claimed that three Indian soldiers were killed in the exchange of fire.

"Responding to committed ceasefire violations (CFVs), in Haji Pir Sector Pakistan Army troops damaged Indian post, killing 3 Indian soldiers including a Subedar, few injured too," the army's media wing, Inter-Services Public Relations, said in a statement.

In Dewa Sector, two Pakistani soldiers were killed, it said.

On Wednesday, a junior commissioned officer of the Indian Army was killed as the two estranged armies exchanged heavy gunfire along the LoC in Rampur sector of Jammu and Kashmir, the official sources said.

Since the abrogation of Article 370 on August 5, India and Pakistan troops have often been engaged in border skirmishes in Jammu and Kashmir. Minister of State for Home G Kishan Reddy had told Lok Sabha last month that "950 incidents of ceasefire violation along the LoC from across the border in Jammu and Kashmir were reported during August 2019 to October 2019.

Last week, Army Chief General Bipin Rawat said that the situation along the Line of Control can escalate any time and the country has to be prepared for escalatory matrix.

"The situation along the Line of Control can escalate any time. We have to be prepared for escalatory matrix," Rawat had said.

Rawat’s remark evoked sharp criticism from Pakistan government, especially its army.

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