Indian Army troops on Monday crossed over the Line of Control (LoC) and killed three Pakistani soldiers, leaving one injured in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK), said news agency ANI quoting intelligence sources. The counter-offensive was launched to avenge the killing of four Indian Army personnel on Saturday in ceasefire violation by Pakistan. The raid reportedly was conducted in 12 Division of the 59 Baloch Unit in PoK.
“We got a go-ahead to cross over and carry out an operation to avenge the killings of four soldiers including a major rank officer,” a government source told DNA newspaper. The Pakistani soldiers killed by Indian Army have been identified as sepoy Sajjad, Sepoy Abdul Rehman, and sepoy M Usman. The injured soldier on the Pakistani side has been identified as sepoy Athzaz Hussain. According to a statement by Pakistan’s Inter-Services Public Relations, Indian forces opened fire along the Line of Control killing three of their soldiers.
Four Indian Army soldiers, including a Major, were killed on Saturday in a ceasefire violation by the Pakistan Army on the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir’s Rajouri district. On Sunday, a Pakistani sniper was killed by Indian soldiers in cross-border firing in Jhangar Sector of Jammu and Kashmir.
Pakistan violated the ceasefire a total of 881 times along the LoC and the International Border (IB) in Jammu and Kashmir this year, killing 30 people, Minister of State for Home Hansraj Ahir informed Lok Sabha last week. In these incidents of firing from across the border, 30 people — 14 Army personnel, 12 civilians and four BSF personnel — were killed. In 2016, there were 449 incidents of ceasefire violations in which 13 civilians and 13 security personnel were killed and 83 civilians and 99 security personnel were injured.
On the intervening night of September 28-29 in 2016, Army soldiers from special forces crossed over to the other side of the LoC and conducted surgical strikes at terror launch-pad in PoK. The surgical strikes were conducted to retaliate less than two weeks after the Uri terror attack in September last year when 19 Indian soldiers were killed by Pakistani terrorists.