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Pakistan Army on Tuesday denied claims made by Indian army of destroying Pakistani posts along the Line of Control (LoC). Director General Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) said in a tweet: "Indian claims of destroying Pakistani post along LoC in Naushera Sector and firing by Pakistan Army on civilians across LoC are false." Earlier this month, Pakistan Army categorically denied Indian army's accusations of killing two members of an Indian army patrol near the LoC.

"Pakistan Army did not commit any ceasefire violation on line of control or a BAT action in Buttal sector (Indian Krishna Ghatti Sector) as alleged by India. Indian blame of mutilating Indian soldiers' bodies are also false", an ISPR statement said.

AFP adds: India claimed Tuesday it had fired mortars at Pakistani army posts across their disputed border in Kashmir, a rare public disclosure of such a pre-emptive assault against its neighbour. Troops fired at military camps in Azad Kashmir which were being used to harbour militants, an Indian army spokesman said.

"As part of our counter-terror operations, punitive fire assaults across LoC (Line of Control, the de facto border) are being undertaken by the Indian army," Major-General Ashok Narula told a briefing in New Delhi. "(A) recent action by our troops in Naushera sector has caused some damage to Pakistani army posts which are supporting infiltrations. This is part of our strategy to counter terrorism," he said, adding India would "proactively" resist militant incursions.

The army released footage of smouldering bunkers in ruins after being hit by mortar bombs. The date and place of the bombing was not disclosed. Pakistan denied the allegations. Indian Defence Minister Arun Jaitley posted on Twitter that the army was taking "pre-emptive and measured actions" to counter terrorism. The hostile neighbours regularly exchange mortar fire across the Kashmiri border despite signing a ceasefire in 2003. But it is very rare for India to disclose details of its strikes against Pakistan, or release videos as proof of such assaults.



Copyright Independent News Pakistan, 2017


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