Three soldiers of the Pakistan Army were martyred in firing by Indian forces from across the Line of Control (LoC), Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Director General Major General Asif Ghafoor said on Thursday.
The Pakistan armed forces, in a counter-attack, had killed five Indian soldiers and injured several others while bunkers were also damaged, DG ISPR said in a tweet.
“Intermittent exchange of fire continues,” he added.
In efforts to divert attention from precarious situation in IOJ&K,Indian Army increases firing along LOC.
3 Pakistani soldiers embraced shahadat. Pakistan Army responded effectively. 5 Indian soldiers killed, many injured, bunkers damaged. Intermittent exchange of fire continues. pic.twitter.com/wx1RoYdiKE
— DG ISPR (@OfficialDGISPR) August 15, 2019
The Indian army had increased firing along the LoC as part of “efforts to divert attention from [the] precarious situation in Indian-occupied Jammu and Kashmir”, Maj Gen Ghafoor wrote.
The Pakistani soldiers who lost their lives include Naik Tanveer, Lance Naik Taimoor and Sepoy Ramzan.
The latest Indian ceasefire violation comes on Aug 15, India’s independence day which is being observed as Black Day in Pakistan to protest against the ongoing Indian atrocities, blatant human rights violations and imposition of lockdown in occupied Kashmir. The protest by Pakistan is a response to New Delhi’s decision to repeal Article 370 of the Indian constitution, terminating occupied Kashmir’s special status.