Srinagar: At least five Pakistani soldiers were gunned down while seven of their bunkers destroyed in retaliatory firing by the Indian troops on Wednesday night across the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir’s Poonch sector, according to reports. Also Read - All Educational Institutes in Jammu And Kashmir to Remain Closed Till Year End
Three Pakistani soldiers were also reportedly critically injured in the cross-border firing. Also Read - BJP Wants to Develop an Ecosystem With No Place For Democracy: PDP Chief Mehbooba Mufti
The retaliatory action by the Indian troops came a day after Army Chief General Bipin Rawat warned Pakistan that India will not hesitate in carrying out strong action against inimical moves, asserting that its forces were giving enemies along the Line of Control a “befitting reply” and inflicting heavy losses. Also Read - Jammu & Kashmir DDC Polls: 51.76 % Voter Turnout Recorded in First Phase
Following the massive retaliatory action, no ceasefire violation by Pakistani troops in Rajouri and Poonch districts has been reported throughout the day today.
According to reports, the action by the security forces came in wake of the Pakistani troops repeatedly targeting forward posts of the Indian Army and also targeting civilian areas.
An Army Major, a soldier and one porter were martyred on the LoC in Nowshera and Sunderbani sectors of Rajouri district last week.
The year 2018 witnessed the highest number of 2,936 ceasefire violations by Pakistan troops in the last 15 years along the Indo-Pak border.