Five Indian soldiers were killed during a cross-border exchange of fire as Pakistani troops responded to an ‘unprovoked’ ceasefire violation along the Line of Control (LoC) in disputed Kashmir on Saturday.
Indian bunkers were also destroyed in the firing, said Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) in a press release, adding that Pakistani troops “violently responded”.
A video released by ISPR on Twitter early Sunday purported to show the Army’s strike on Indian outposts.
Video clip showing destruction of Indian posts on LOC by Pak Army in response to unprovoked Indian firing on innocent citizens. pic.twitter.com/ceErT8KzlC
— Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor (@OfficialDGISPR) June 3, 2017
At a formation commanders conference last week, Pakistan army chief had said, “Notwithstanding our desire for peace, hostile action anywhere along our frontiers shall be responded befittingly,” ISPR had tweeted on May 23.
It was preceded by a statement on May 13 that said, “Any Indian Army misadventure across LOC ‘ll be a miscalc, shall be responded with full force & could lead to unintended consequences.”
Incidents of cross-border firing have become a norm since the last months of 2016 as tensions simmer between Pakistan and India over the Kashmir issue. Exchanges of fire have been reported sporadically since the new year began.
Tensions between the two countries soared recently as India approached the International Court of Justice (ICJ) to secure consular access for Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav, who has been sentenced to death by a Field General Court Martial (FGCM) in Pakistan over his involvement in espionage and terrorism.
In a hearing of the case on May 18, a 10-member bench at The Hague restrained Pakistan from executing Jadhav, who India claims is a retired naval officer.