Indian Army (File Photo)
New Delhi :
The Indian Army on Thursday rejected Pakistan's claims that 5 Indian soldiers were gunned down in ceasefire violations along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir, calling it "fictitious". Pakistan military's spokesperson Major General Asif Ghafoor claimed that five Indian personnel were killed in the cross-border firing.
In a tweet, Ghafoor also alleged that the Indian Army has increased firing along the LoC in an effort to divert attention from the current situation in Jammu and Kashmir. He claimed that a number of bunkers were damaged and "intermittent exchange of fire continues".
Meanwhile, sources said three Pakistani soldiers have been eliminated in punitive proactive response by the Indian Army after the Pakistani troops unprovoked ceasefire violation by shelling with mortars at International Border nearing the militancy hit state. Ceasefire violations were reported from Uri and Rajouri sectors of Jammu and Kashmir.
Sources: 3 Pakistan Army soldiers killed in punitive proactive response after ceasefire violations by Pakistan Army. Ceasefire violations taking place in Uri and Rajouri sectors. #JammuAndKashmir https://t.co/gjRpQ1wwmx— ANI (@ANI) August 15, 2019
Earlier on Wednesday, Pakistan summoned Indian Deputy High Commissioner Gaurav Ahluwalia over alleged ceasefire violations along the Line of Control (LoC). Ahluwalia was summoned by Mohammad Faisal, Pakistan's Directpor General for South Asia and SAARC, over the alleged incidents.
The developments come amid hightened tensions between India and Pakistan after former's action to reorganise Jammu and Kashmir and scrap some provisions in Article 370, which gave special status to the state.
The revocation of Article 370 also followed the increased deployment by the Pakistani army along LoC. The Indian Army has also strengthened its vigil along the LoC and kept its personnel on high alert to effectively deal with any "misadventure" by Pakistan.
India has repeatedly urged Pakistan to "respect" the 2003 Ceasefire arrangement, which is violated by the neighbouring country time and again.