14 Nov, 2020 8:34a.m.

Army inflicts heavy loss and 8 casualties on Pakistani side in a retaliatory strike | Watch video

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In a retaliatory strike, at least eight Pakistani soldiers were killed and 12 injured on Friday evening after the Indian Army targeted Pakistani positions across the Line of Control (LoC) in north Kashmir. Heavy shelling with Artillery guns and anti-tank guided missiles were carried out in response to the Pakistani firing on Diwali eve in which four security personnel and four civilians were killed

Pakistani ammunition dumps, fuel dumps, and terror launch pads were among the targets destroyed by the Indian Army.

The heavy exchange of fire — triggered by ceasefire violations by the Pakistani army in multiple sectors on the eve of Diwali has turned the spotlight on the LoC at a time when Indian and Chinese forces are locked in a border dispute along the contested Line of Actual Control (LAC) in the sensitive Ladakh sector, where a disengagement plan is under discussion but has made no significant progress so far.

Three Indian soldiers, a Border Security Force (BSF) sub-inspector, and four civilians including a woman and a seven-year-old boy were killed in Pakistani shelling in Uri, Naugam, Keran and Gurez sectors in north Kashmir, the officials said, asking not to be identified. Three Indian soldiers were injured.

The Pakistani casualties include at least two Special Service Group commandos.

The Indian Army released several images, including unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) footage, showing multiple Pakistani bunkers and other positions going up in flames in the retaliatory Indian action. One of the videos released by the army showed a Pakistani soldier running for cover before his post was hit by an anti-tank guided missile.

“Pakistani casualties may be higher. What we have right now is an initial estimate,” the officials said.

The Pakistanis have got it back “right and proper”, said Lieutenant General Vinod Bhatia (retd), a former director-general of military operations, commenting on the Indian Army’s retaliatory action. “Pakistan is seeking to create trouble along the LoC as it is aware of our focus on the LAC and the commitment there. The Pakistan army is making desperate attempts to push in infiltrators before harsh winters set in. The ceasefire violations are carried out to help the infiltrators. Also, the Valley has been quiet and the neighbour wants to up the ante there to trigger violence and bloodshed,” Bhatia added.

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