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Pakistan Claims Seven Soldiers Killed in Cross-Border Firing By India

The ceasefire violation took place Sunday night along the Line of Control in Bhimber sector of Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.

The Pakistan army on Monday admitted to at least seven of its soldiers being killed in retaliatory firing by the Indian troops across the Line of Control (LoC).

According to a statement issued by the Pakistan army, ceasefire violation took place in Bhimber sector of the Pakistan-occupied Kashmir when the Pakistani troops responded to “unprovoked” Indian firing and targeted Indian posts, Deccan Chronicle reports.

The Pakistan foreign ministry on Monday summoned the Indian high commissioner, Gautam Bambawale in Islamabad to lodge a formal complaint.

The High Commission of India in Islamabad in a tweet said that Bambawale “strongly protested” to the Pakistan foreign secretary over the “repeated unprovoked ceasefire violations” by the Pakistani troops and emphasised that such firing by them was to “provide cover to infiltrators, resulting in deaths of several Indian civilian soldiers.”

So far mostly civilians have been killed in firing on the Pakistan side of the LoC.

Pakistan Foreign Office last week said that the civilian death toll from the alleged Indian shelling had risen to at least 25 in the past few weeks.

According to NDTV, , since the surgical strikes, India has lost 13 military and para-military personnel in cross-border firing.

(With PTI inputs)

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