Five Indian and three Pakistani soldiers were killed in a shootout between two border guards on the India-Pakistan border. Director-General of Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), Major General Asif Ghafoor, said this in a tweet from his verified Twitter account on Thursday. Pakistan-based news media told Dawn in a report.
In a tweet, Major General Asif Ghafoor said that Indian border guards had stepped up their firing on the India-Pakistan border (Line of Control) after diverting attention from Jammu and Kashmir. It killed three of our soldiers. However, Pakistan has responded to their attacks. As a result, five Indian soldiers were killed and some of their bunkers were destroyed.
Bloody India-Pakistan border, ‘kills 3 Pakistani, 5 Indian soldiers
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 Dawn report reveals the identity of three Pakistani army personnel killed in firing along the border. They are Naik Tanveer, Lance Naik Timur and Sepoy Ramadan. However, India has not yet commented on the matter.
Notably, despite the Independence Day observed across India on 7 August, Pakistan is celebrating the day as “Black Day” in protest against the recent domination of Jammu and Kashmir, violation of human rights and the Evening Law.
Indian envoy summoned
The Foreign Office (FO) summoned Indian Deputy High Commissioner Gaurav Ahluwalia to protest today’s “unprovoked ceasefire violations” by Indian border forces along the Line of Control (LoC) which resulted in the deaths of the three Pakistan Army soldiers in Lipa and Battal sectors.
“The Indian occupation forces along the LoC and Working Boundary have continuously been violating the 2003 ceasefire arrangement, which needs to be respected,” an FO statement said, adding that the ceasefire violations by India are a threat to regional peace and security and “may lead to a strategic miscalculation”.
According to the press release, FO Director General (South Asia and Saarc) Dr Muhammad Faisal urged the Indian side to instruct its forces to respect the ceasefire in letter and spirit and maintain peace on the LoC and the Working Boundary.
He also urged the Indian side to allow the United Nations Military Observers Group for India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP) to play its mandated role as per United Nations Security Council resolutions.