Pakistan

RAWALPINDI – Pakistan Army on Thursday night killed five Indian soldiers along the Line of Control (LoC) in Tatta Pani sector, said the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR).

Five Indian soldiers were killed and many injured when Pakistani troops destroyed the Indian army post that was “targeting innocent citizens” in Tatta Pani (Hot Spring) sector of Azad Jammu and Kashmir’s southern Kotli district, Director General of Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor said in a tweet.

“Indian terrorism against innocent citizens shall be responded [to] befittingly,” he wrote. Ghafoor’s tweet also included a video showing the reported targeting of the Indian post.

The retaliation by the Army comes after Indian forces opened fire on a school van earlier on Thursday and martyred its driver.

In the action taken by Pakistani troops, the Indian post along the LoC was also destroyed and many other Indian soldiers were injured, added ISPR.

After the earlier attack on Thursday, the act was condemned by the Army spokesman. “Indian unethical and unprofessional approach across the LoC continues terrorising civilians.”

Major General Asif Ghafoor had reiterated that such attacks are a violation of the Geneva Convention and a clear violation of the 2003 ceasefire agreement between the two nuclear-armed neighbours.

Skirmishes along the LoC have seen an increase after the right-wing government of Narendra Modi came into power in India.

In 2018, Indian forces carried out more than 150 ceasefire violations along the Line of Control and the Working Boundary in just 20 days, resulting in the martyrdom of nine innocent civilians, while injuring 40 others.

In 2017, Indian forces committed more than 1900 ceasefire violations.