India says Pakistani shelling kills three soldiers in Kashmir India


The Indian Army says Pakistan fired across the LoC without provocation, killing two Indian soldiers, while another was killed overnight.

The Indian Army said that three Indian soldiers were killed by Pakistani shelling across the disputed border in Indian-administered Kashmir.

Indian Army spokesman Rajesh Kalia said that Pakistan opened fire in the Naugam sector early Thursday without any provocation, killing two Indian soldiers and injuring four.

He said another Indian soldier was killed in an overnight firing by Pakistani soldiers in Poonch sector.

“Our troops strongly responded to the enemy shelling,” said Kalia.

Pakistan accused Indian forces of violating the ceasefire in the region and injuring a civilian.

The Line of Control (LoC) is often under fire, the de facto border dividing the Kashmir region that both nuclear-armed countries claim absolute but rule.

Pakistan’s Foreign Office said in a statement on Thursday that it had summoned a senior Indian diplomat in Islamabad a day earlier to protest against the ceasefire violations by Indian forces along the banks of the LoC, injuring a 65-year-old civilian in the Javarot sector. Was.

Earlier on Thursday, Pakistan Foreign Ministry spokesman Zahid Hafiz Chowdhury accused New Delhi of escalating tensions with the LoC, “to divert the world’s attention from its human rights violations in Indian occupied Kashmir”.

The statement said that India has committed 2,404 ceasefire violations this year, resulting in 192 civilian deaths and injuries.

India says Pakistani troops frequently opened fire to help armed militants along the Line of Control join the decades-long insurgency.

Pakistan says that it only gives moral and diplomatic support to the Kashmiri people fighting for self-determination.

Constant tension

Tensions between the two countries escalated in February 2019 when 40 Indian paramilitary forces were killed in Indian-administered Kashmir in a suicide bombing.

India gave a befitting reply to air strikes inside Pakistani territory.

Pakistan shot down one of the planes in Kashmir and caught a pilot, who was later released.

India said the attacks targeted Pakistan-based fighters responsible for the suicide bombings.

Relations have grown stronger since August last year, when India revoked the decades-old semi-autonomous status of the Muslim-majority region and divided the region into two union territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh, Anger touched both sides of the border.

Tensions have escalated between India and China over the disputed border in the Ladakh region, where two Asia giants are locked in a month-long bitter standoff.

In recent months, the two countries have amassed thousands of additional troops in an already militarized zone. In June, 20 Indian soldiers were killed in a clash on a high ridge between soldiers using clubs, stones and their fists.