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Published: Wed, January 17, 2018
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Seven Pakistani soldiers Killed In "Retaliatory Action" Along LoC in Poonch

Seven Pakistani soldiers Killed In

Meanwhile, the Pakistan army said in a statement that four of its soldiers were killed along the LOC in the Jandrot, Kotli sector.

Pakistan has claimed to have killed three Indian soldiers.

State police chief S.P. Vaid said five bodies had been recovered and a search was on for a sixth. I think we operate in a very secular environment.

"The major infiltration bid, the first of 2018, by a fierce group was foiled, averting a major tragedy on Army Day (January 15) and in the run-up to Republic Day celebrations", Brigadier Y S Ahlawat told reporters in Uri.

An Indian Army jawan, hailing from Maharashtra, was earlier martyred in cross border shelling in Sunderbani area of Rajouri on Saturday. "If we are forced, we may escalate our military action and carry out [the] "other action", he said at the Army Day parade held in Delhi Cantonment.

Indian Army Chief Gen Bipin Rawat appeared to row back on Sunday by giving space to political initiatives to bring peace to India-held Kashmir. "Also, four others were wounded", they said. "The unprovoked Pakistani action was retaliated to strongly and effectively by our own jawans, who used the same calibre weapons", he said.

The Indian and Pakistani armies had agreed to a ceasefire along the LoC, the International Border and along the Actual Ground Position Line at Siachen in November 2003. "We will take even stronger steps against our enemies if we are compelled to do so".

In the retaliation, seven Pakistani soldiers were killed and four other soldiers injured, the officer said, adding the dead included a Major.

According to Union home ministry data, in 2017, Pakistan violated the ceasefire 771 times along the LoC as opposed to 228 times in 2016, signalling a 230% jump.

Scores of civilians were also killed in last year's violence. "We will call their bluff". They said soldiers suffered no casualties.

Looking retrospectively at the past year, the Army chief expressed satisfaction that soldiers gave a befitting response to the adversary along the borders and the force's conduct in counter-terror operations has been "professional" and one "upholding the values associated with human rights".

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