Seven Pakistani soldiers embraced martyrdom after Indian forces carried out unprovoked firing at the Line of Control (LoC) late Sunday night, Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said in a statement.
Indian forces started unprovoked firing in Bhimber sector at LoC overnight, which was befittingly responded to by the Pakistani troops. Pakistani forces effectively targeted Indian posts across the border, ISPR said.
State Minister for Information Maryam Aurangzeb said that they are keeping an eye on the situation in Pakistan.
“We will give a befitting response to Indian atrocities. If India crosses its boundaries, they will be at a loss.”
On November 8 unprovoked firing at the LoC by Indian Border Security Forces martyred three civilians. A woman and her daughter were martyred in a mortar attack in Mandhol; ISPR had confirmed.
The Foreign Office also summoned Indian High Commissioner to Pakistan, Gautam Bambawale, to lodge a protest against Indian aggression that resulted in the martyrdom of seven Pakistani soldiers.
The Chief of Army Staff Gen Raheel Sharif attended the funeral prayers of the martyred soldiers, which were held in Jehlum. According to ISPR, the COAS was also briefed about the ongoing situation along the LoC.
The Army chief said that the Army would not leave any stone unturned for the defence of the motherland. India’s unprovoked firing will be befittingly responded to, vowed the COAS.
A few weeks ago Indian forces violated the LoC and targeted the civilian population. Four civilians in Nakial sector were martyred while six others were seriously injured due to the firing. Tensions have flared between the two nuclear-armed states after the killing of a Kashmiri separatist Burhani Wani by Indian forces in July. The occupied valley has been under the grip of a curfew and protests have been dispersed by pellet firing by the Indian Army, which has rendered scores of people blind.
Pakistan has protested the continued violation of human rights by Indian troops at various international forums including the United Nations. India has retaliated with continued unprovoked firing at the Working Boundary and LoC.