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Indian army kills 5 Pakistani soldiers; Islamabad summons Indian Deputy High Commissioner

Five Pakistani soldiers were killed today by the Indian Army in retaliatory fire resulting from ceasefire violation by Pakistani army. The Pakistani soldiers were killed along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir’s Rajouri district’s Nowshera sector and Krishna Ghati sector in Poonch. Sources said that around 6 Pakistani soldiers have also been injured in the retaliatory firing by Indian armed forces. The Indian army had to open retaliatory fire since Pakistan violated the ceasefire today by opening fire and shelling mortars on the forward posts along the LoC.

However, Pakistan has put the blame on India for violating the ceasefire. This has become the standard protocol for Pakistan, wherein it first violates the ceasefire and then blames India for the same. The Pakistani government has even summoned the Indian Deputy High Commissioner in Islamabad in connection with the ceasefire violation.

Defense ministry spokesperson Lt Colonel Manish Mehta said that it was Pakistan that violated the ceasefire. He said that a General Reserve Engineering Force (GREF) laborer has been killed and five others have been injured after Pakistani army started firing and mortar shelling in an unprovoked manner. “They were indiscriminately firing 82 mm and 120 mm mortar shells, automatics and small arms. Indian troops were retaliating strongly and effectively,” he said.

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