Pakistan Army on Thursday killed five Indian soldiers along the Line of Control (LoC) in Tatta Pani sector, said the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR).
The retaliation by the Army comes after Indian forces opened fire on a school van earlier today 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.
Indian Army post on LOC targeting innocent citizens destroyed by Pak Army troops in Tatta Pani (Hot Spring) sector. Five Indian soldiers killed, many injured. Indian terrorism against innocent citizens shall be responded befittingly. pic.twitter.com/MHWv4Xc97n
— Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor (@OfficialDGISPR) February 15, 2018
“Indian terrorism against innocent citizens shall be responded befittingly.”
After the earlier attack today, 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.