Pakistan captures one Indian soldier, eight others killed at LoC overnight

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Special cabinet meeting today

Rejects Indian claim of surgical strike; Civil, military leadership determined to defend motherland

Sophia Siddiqui

Islamabad—The Pakistan Army on Thursday captured an Indian army soldier and killed eight others in retaliation to India’s firing at the first line of defence at the Line of Control (LoC) at Tatta Pani, confirmed security sources. This resulted from the retaliation by the Pakistan Army when the Indian army opened fire from across the Working Boundary, killing two Pakistani soldiers.
According to a private TV channel as many as 14 Indian soldiers were killed in two sectors in Jammu and Kashmir. Defense analyst Major General (Retd) Ijaz Awan, confirmed this report.
The captured soldier, Chandu Babulal Chohan, has been shifted to an undisclosed location. The captured Indian soldier hailed from the state of Maharshtra.
Security sources said the Indian troops did not made attempt to recover bodies of their killed comrades in arms fearing coming under fire from Pakistan Army troops.
An exchange of fire between Pakistani and Indian troops on LoC began at 2:30am and continued till 8:00am on Thursday in the Bhimber, Hotspring, Kel and Lipa sectors in Azad Jammu and Kashmir, the ISPR statement said.
“Pakistani troops befittingly responded to Indian unprovoked firing on the LoC.”
Just after the exchange of fire, the Indian Ministry of External Affairs and Ministry of Defence held a joint press conference in New Delhi in which DGMO, Lt Gen Ranbir Singh alleged that surgical strikes were conducted by the Indian army on “terror launch pads along the LoC”. The strikes will not continue, he said.
Pakistan rubbished the Indian claims of conducting any surgical strike.
“This quest by the Indian establishment to create media hype by rebranding cross-border fire as a surgical strike is fabrication of the truth. Pakistan has made it clear that if there is a surgical strike on Pakistani side, the same will be strongly responded.”
The Pakistan Air Force (PAF) said Pakistan’s airspace would be safeguarded at any cost. “PAF is always alert and ready to give a befitting response to foreign aggression,” a spokesperson said.
Pakistan has strongly condemned unprovoked ceasefire violations at LoC by the Indian forces.
Foreign Office spokesperson Nafees Zakria in a statement rejected the baseless Indian claim that it has carried out surgical strikes against Pakistan.
He said: Indian side has chosen to share this falsified claim with the Indian media. Such falsified, concocted and irresponsible statements can only escalate the already fragile security situation in the region, especially in the wake of the Indian brutalities and war crimes in the Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir.
The spokesperson said India has deliberately escalated tension at the LoC in order to divert attention from the continued deteriorating situation in the Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir and horrendous Indian brutalities there. It is trying to make fool of its own people and the international community. We can assure India that any such aggression will not go unanswered or unpunished. Pakistan is ready to defend its people and territory from any Indian aggression or Indian State sponsored terrorism on Pakistani soil, said the spokesperson.
Meanwhile, President Mamnoon Hussain said that India should not undermine peace in the region through its warmongering adding that the whole nation and armed forces are ready and united for the defence of motherland.
Condemning the unprovoked firing by India on the Line of Control, the President stated that India is trying to divert attention from its ongoing atrocities and brutalities in the Occupied Kashmir. He added that India wants to divert the attention of the international community through devious ways but emphasized that India will never be successful in this regard.
President Mamnoon Hussain underscored that Pakistan is desirous of peace in the region and does not want confrontation with any country but warned that any act of aggression will be forcefully retaliated. He said that our armed forces are fully prepared and has full capability to thwart any aggression.
Director-General ISPR Lt. General Asim Saleem Bajwa said Pakistan armed forces are fully prepared and India will have to face the consequences of any misadventure. In an interview, he said it is also known to India that Pakistan is prepared to respond to any situation.
The ISPR Director-General said India violated ceasefire on the Line of Control Wednesday night and got befitting response. He said India is trying to mislead its public opinion by making false claims about surgical strikes. Asim Saleem Bajwa said the entire world community knows what India is doing against innocent people in Occupied Kashmir.
Pakistan Air Force has also rejected Indian claims of surgical strikes across the Line of Control. Its spokesman emphatically stated that Indian claim was false. The spokesman said Pakistan’s air defence would be ensured at all costs.
Defence sources told this correspondent that three Indian soldiers were killed and many injured by Pakistani armed forces befitting response. The soldiers destroyed three Indian important check post.
Defense Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif said India was trying to give false colour to the exchange of fire on the Line of Control to satisfy its people and media. In a statement he said India’s firing on the Line of Control was part of a well-thought-out plan to satisfy Indian public opinion. The Defence Minister said India used small weapons in cross LoC firing in which two Pakistani soldiers were martyred and nine others injured. He said Pakistani forces responded in the same coin.
He said the incident took place during night and there was no firing at the moment. The Defence Minister said Pakistan gave befitting response to Indian aggression and our armed forces are fully prepared to do so in case of any violation of ceasefire on the Line of Control.
In the wake of the unprovoked aggression of Indian security forces across the Line of Control, and deteriorating situation in the Indian Occupied Jammu & Kashmir, Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has convened Cabinet meeting on Friday where deteriorating situation in Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir will be the top agenda. Besides, PM will discuss the evolving situation after his UNGA visit and constructive bilateral meetings with Heads of State / Government, and UN Secretary General to consolidate the gains during the Prime Minister’s visit to New York.
Talking to the Interior Minister Ch Nisar Ali Khan on Thursday, PM Nawaz Sharif said no power can deter us from supporting our Kashmiri brethren in their just and legitimate struggle for the exercise of their right to self determination guaranteed to them by the UNSC relevant resolutions.
Jammu and Kashmir dispute is an unfinished agenda of the partition of the sub-continent.
No external force has the capability or capacity to challenge the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Pakistan. We have the best Armed Forces in the world and we are proud of that, the Prime Minister said adding the entire nation is standing behind our valiant Armed Forces.

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