India must own its military casualties: Gen Raheel

Staff Reporter

Islamabad—Chief of Army Staff Gen Raheel Sharif has advised Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to show courage and own the deaths of its security personnel during the recent border skirmishes with Pakistan Army.
“The day seven of our soldiers were martyred on the border, we killed at least 11 Indian soldiers,” Gen Raheel said during an informal session with journalists at Aiwan-e-Sadr, Islamabad. “We have killed 40-44 of their troops but the Indian army does not own its casualties.”
Seven Pakistani soldiers were killed on Monday when Indian troops violated ceasefire along the Line of Control in the Bhimber Sector of Azad Jammu and Kashmir.
The army chief claimed Modi was fully cognisant of Pakistan’s military competence, and that aggression will not take his country anywhere. Raheel Sharif said Prime Minister Modi has now understood Pakistan’s stance that aggression across the LoC was useless.
He asked Indian military to disclose the number of casualties it had taken in cross border fire at the Line of Control.
General Raheel Sharif said Pakistan’s armed forces avenged the martyrdom of seven Jawans by killing 11 Indian army men.
The army chief said India’s surgical strike claim was limited to mere words and it had caused huge embarrassment to New Delhi .
“The Indian army should man up and accept their losses,” said the Chief of Army Staff. He said that unlike the Indian army, the Pakistan Army accepts and owns its casualties.
General Raheel added that the army should be credited with exemplary teamwork. “The army has given outstanding results while defending the homeland,” added General Raheel Sharif.

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