LoC ceasefire: 11 of its soldiers killed in retaliatory fire, Pakistan summons Indian diplomat

Indian Army initiated retaliatory fire after Pakistan engaged in unprovoked ceasefire violation on Friday, firing mortars and other weapons in multiple sectors from Uri to Gurez along the LoC in J&K.

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[REPRESENTATIVE IMAGE] File photo of BSF jawans along the International Border (Photo Credits: PTI)

Retaliatory firing by the Indian Army, in response to ceasefire violations from across the Line of Control (LoC) killed 11 Pakistan Army soldiers on Friday and injured another 16. Sources in the Indian Army told India Today that two-three Pakistan Army Special Service Group (SSG) commandoes were among those killed.

On November 13, the Pakistan Army carried out unprovoked ceasefire violations in multiple sectors from Uri to Gurez along the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir.

Pakistan Foreign Office has summoned an Indian diplomat on Saturday to discuss the LoC incident. A press conference by Pakistan Director General Inter-Services Public Relations (DG-ISPR) Major General Babar Iftikhar and Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi is scheduled for 11 am (IST) on November 14.

According to preliminary inputs, Indian troops at forward posts spotted suspicious movement along the LoC in the Keran sector on Friday. Alert border troops foiled the infiltration bid which resulted in the initiation of an unprovoked Ceasefire Violation (CFV) from the Pakistani side.

The Indian Army released videos showing Pakistan Army positions being hit across the LoC in north Kashmir on Friday. During retaliatory firing on Pakistan army positions, the Indian Army also used the Spike anti-tank guided missiles which were recently procured from Israel under an emergency acquisition case.

Pakistan fired mortars and other weapons along the LoC in Keran sector. This unprovoked action was met with retaliatory fire from the Indian side. Several ammunition dumps and multiple terrorist launch pads have been damaged, the Indian Army said.

According to the Indian Army, four Indian Army soldiers have been Killed in Action (KIA) and three soldiers injured on Friday. A BSF jawan also succumbed to injuries. Five civilians also lost their lives in the exchange of gunfire along the LoC.

Two BSF (Border Security Force) porters were injured in Pakistani shelling along the LoC in Poonch district on Friday. A total of seven people have suffered injuries in Poonch, including five civilians and 2 BSF porters.

The cavalry fighting vehicles (CFVs) spread to larger areas from Keran to Uri sectors.

This was the second infiltration attempt from the Pakistani side within a week. The Indian Army had foiled an earlier infiltration bid in Machhal Sector on November 7/8 in which three terrorists were killed.

In 2020 alone, 4,052 ceasefire violations have taken place at the India-Pakistan border compared to 2019's tally of 3,233. As many as 20 civilians on the Indian side have lost their lives due to Pakistani shelling and another 47 sustained injuries.

(With inputs from Geeta Mohan and Ashraf Wani)

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