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Seven Pakistan Army soldiers killed in 'unprovoked' Indian firing across LoC: ISPR

Updated Nov 14, 2016 06:17pm

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Gen Raheel Sharif and military officials offer funeral prayers for soldiers who were killed in cross-border firing at the LoC. —AFP
Gen Raheel Sharif and military officials offer funeral prayers for soldiers who were killed in cross-border firing at the LoC. —AFP

Seven Pakistani soldiers were killed Sunday night during cross-border firing across the Line of Control, the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said.

"Seven soldiers embraced shahadat at the LoC in the Bhimber sector in a ceasefire violation by Indian troops late last night."

Pakistani troops responded to 'unprovoked' Indian firing, and targeted Indian posts effectively, ISPR said.

Later on Monday, Army Chief General Raheel Sharif attended funeral prayers of the deceased soldiers at Jehlum who had died following unprovoked firing by the Indian troops along the LoC.

Gen Raheel Sharif listens during a briefing on the situation at LoC. —AFP
Gen Raheel Sharif listens during a briefing on the situation at LoC. —AFP

The military chief was later briefed on the situation at LoC. He reiterated the determination by saying "we will continue to respond effectively and leave no stone unturned to defend the motherland".

FO lodges protest with Indian High Commissioner

The Foreign Office (FO) summoned Indian High Commissioner Gautam Bambawale on Monday to lodge a protest against the killing of soldiers across the LoC.

The FO Spokesperson Nafees Zakaria said India must stop all ceasefire violations and avoid targeting residents along the LoC.

"We reserve the right to respond befittingly respond to Indian aggression," he said.

The FO also delivered a letter of protest to India.

Zakaria earlier strongly condemned the "continuous unprovoked" firing in a tweet and added, "Pakistan Army responding in befitting manner. We salute our valiant soldiers who render ultimate sacrifices for national cause."

There was no immediate response to the allegations from Indian officials.

Pakistani authorities last week lodged protests with India as well as with the UN military observers over targeting of civilian populations as the civilian death toll from Indian shelling has risen to at least 26 in the past few weeks. Another 107 have been injured.

The Pakistani FO protested at least five times during the past five weeks over targeting of civilian populations.

PM pays tribute to slain soldiers

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif expressed his profound grief and sorrow over the loss of precious human lives in the latest incident of cross-border firing.

He paid tribute to the slain soldiers and reiterated Pakistan's ability to defend itself against any aggression.

"We are fully capable of defending our soil against any aggression. The Indian forces have resorted to escalating tension on LoC only to detract the world's attention from the grave human rights situation in the Indian-held Kashmir," he claimed.

The premier said that Indian forces have inflicted 'unspeakable atrocities' against the unarmed and innocent people of held Kashmir.

"There is an indigenous uprising against Indian occupation, and the Indian government is failing to read the writing on the wall.

"By creating tension at LoC, the Indian forces are uselessly trying to divert the attention from the Kashmir issue," he added.

'India heating up situation'

Defence Minister Khawaja Asif, responding to the latest development along the shared Pak-India border, claimed that India was heating the situation up along the LoC and Working Boundary due to internal compulsions, Radio Pakistan reported.

The defence minister said it was regrettable that certain extremist elements which had come into power in India could become a source of destruction not only for their own country but the whole region.

Asif urged the global community to take notice of "Indian provocations against Pakistan" as any escalation of tension between the two nuclear armed neighbours could prove catastrophic for the whole region.

He added that Pakistan is using diplomatic and international forums to highlight Indian 'belligerence'.

Cross-border firing a new normal

Cross-border firing appears to have become a routine as tensions simmer between Pakistan and India following an alleged 'surgical strike', unrest in Kashmir and the Uri army base attack.

The Indian deputy high commissioner has been summoned to the Foreign Office several times in protest against 'unprovoked' Indian fire and loss of lives due to incidents of cross-border firing.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi stepped up a drive to isolate Pakistan diplomatically after the Uri army base attack last month. Hours after the attack occurred, Indian Home Minister Rajnath Singh termed Pakistan a 'terrorist state' and accused Pakistan of involvement.

The Uri attack occurred days before Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was set to address the United Nations General Assembly regarding Indian human rights violations in held Kashmir.

Following the attack, India claimed it had conducted a cross-border 'surgical strike' against 'launch pads of terror' in Azad Jammu and Kashmir — a claim Pakistan has strongly rejected.

Pakistan maintains that India is attempting to divert the world's attention away from atrocities committed by government forces in India-held Kashmir.

Pakistan and India have, most recently, locked horns over Kashmir since Indian forces stepped up a crackdown against protesters after Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani was killed by government forces in July.

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rao abid Nov 14, 2016 01:15pm

we should stop them really sad news once again

Candyman Nov 14, 2016 01:25pm

Pakistan is dealing with a completely different neighbour this time now. Wisdom says, as a CBMs, both the states should take steps that demonstrate they are serious about peace in the region.

salman Nov 14, 2016 01:24pm

RIP Pakistan soldiers.

Global Peace Nov 14, 2016 01:28pm

why can not it stop ? what is the real problem ? who is starting it ? for what purpose ?

Malik Nov 14, 2016 01:32pm

Sad news.

Khan Nov 14, 2016 01:32pm

Poor soldiers are dying to feed their poor families.

Hakim Afghani Nov 14, 2016 01:33pm

@Global Peace, Powerful is always trying to eat Weaker nations. that's the answer.

Sab Se Pehle Pakistan Nov 14, 2016 01:35pm

Salute to our brave soldiers. Long Live Pakistan Army

CSK Nov 14, 2016 01:37pm

@Global Peace ...and who is waiting for the other to make first move ? ...this should stop under any circumstances. It is in the interest of both the countries .Hope the leaders realise this.

Fida Nov 14, 2016 01:43pm

Pakistan's response should be aggressive against the Indian Armed forces, but they should make sure that Indian civilians are not targeted.

Solah aanne Nov 14, 2016 01:46pm

This is ridiculous, both countries behaving unresponsibly.Snipers are being used to target soliders, by both sides.Basically they are keeping scores,whose killing how many. In the end solider family loses,government don't loose soliders,they will recruit new.it's the family who suffer for rest of their life.

Sandhu Nov 14, 2016 01:50pm

Brave hearts. Your sacrifices will always be remembered.

hamza Nov 14, 2016 01:48pm

My heart aches reading this news. This is war and we must respond.

OptimisticPK Nov 14, 2016 01:49pm

Shocking news ...

Satya Nov 14, 2016 01:56pm

This is madness. We need long lasting peace. This tension is not in anyone's favour. DGMO's must immediately talk and bring back complete ceasefire.

Raza Nov 14, 2016 01:59pm

befitted response awaited ; not just the typical statement as "enemy cannons were forced to silence"

Think twice. Nov 14, 2016 02:00pm

@Hakim Afghani , It is difficult to come to a conclusion. We do not know who is starting and who is retaliating. But, one thing is certain. There is hatred; And hatred causes destruction. In the middle, poor soldiers and civilians are losing their precious lives.

Think twice. Nov 14, 2016 02:03pm

Every life, be it civilian or military, be it Indian or Pakistan, is precious. Let good sense prevail on both sides and let us stop this nonsense.

irfan farooqui Nov 14, 2016 02:04pm

Yesterday Balochistan incident and now today this news. whats going on in Pakistan?

Think twice. Nov 14, 2016 02:04pm

Leaders on both sides are safe; Only poor civilians and soldiers die.

Urooj Zaidi Nov 14, 2016 02:06pm

If someone think peace initiative as a weakness, give them a reply in their language.

Pak Army fully capable to give the right answer.

Pakistan Zindabad.

Think twice. Nov 14, 2016 02:06pm

Whether it is Pakistani soldiers or civilians or whether it is Indian soldiers or civilians, it make me sad. Do not kill anybody. Let us live and let live.

taimoor khan Nov 14, 2016 02:17pm

I am feeling low and depressed at the loss of well trained world class soldiers, what a great loss to the nation and their family , we should ensure maximum damage to the enemy and no losses to us .

Amit3D Nov 14, 2016 02:18pm

This cannot go on. So many deaths... daily... for what?

Sajjad Nov 14, 2016 02:25pm

Unfortunately, "7" deaths will just be a number for the readers, however, 7 families died. Please stop the atrocities, Pakistan and India both.

AH Nov 14, 2016 02:36pm

@Ravi Well said

Think twice. Nov 14, 2016 02:37pm

Why this hatred? Why not top military heads from both sides meet and stop this killings?

brave Nov 14, 2016 02:46pm

brave soldiers,

Leo Nov 14, 2016 02:57pm

@Hakim Afghani :You are right! So accordingly we should behave proportionate to the size..

Human Nov 14, 2016 03:13pm

Very Sad news.

Shakaib hassan Nov 14, 2016 03:28pm

A very sad incident indeed. UN should take notice of it.

Mohsin Nov 14, 2016 03:50pm

@irfan farooqui: Supreme Court getting close to announce their decision on NS Panama scandal!

Kkl Nov 14, 2016 04:04pm

Stop this...people of both nations should come forward politician will never do that. Enhance people to people connect, common man is the suffere both sides.

STHF Nov 14, 2016 04:22pm

RIP

Asif Kashmiri Nov 14, 2016 05:07pm

RIP brave sons of soil

riz1 Nov 14, 2016 05:47pm

@Global Peace "why can not it stop ? what is the real problem ? who is starting it ? for what purpose ?" For that you need to read many scholarly cited papers and books published internationally (not Indian or Pakistani) - Cohen, Fair, Haqqani, Tarek Ali etc. and even by ex-air-marshals. The problem is that most of us seldom do the due diligence to understand the actual issue, but keep blaming the same alleged culprits based on news channels.

SK Singh Nov 14, 2016 05:49pm

This is really sad. Poor soldiers on both sides are dying for the sake of fake ego of politicians of both sides. This must stop at any cost. Apart from soldiers civilians of both sides near borders are suffering a lot. I sympathise with these soldiers.

exclaibur Nov 14, 2016 05:52pm

@irfan farooqui

Connect the dots and you will see RAW ,Panama, NDS trying to divert and distract

Hafiz Nov 14, 2016 05:55pm

@Ravi yes...rightly said...but you know 'weaker' and 'stronger' are relative terms. Mighty USA sometimes look weaker to tiny Vietnam.

uppu Nov 14, 2016 05:54pm

This is not the soldiers problem they r behaving what the politicians and common people of india and Pakistan wants. The bottom line is the average Pakistani and average India hates each other country. Untill and unless we stop hating the situation won't improve.

Alba Nov 14, 2016 06:08pm

@Urooj Zaidi .... You are right. Time to prove Pakistan is a nuclear nation.

Raj Patel Nov 14, 2016 06:12pm

@Fida In India also people like you asking for aggressive response and hence ultimately family of killed soldiers and civilian have to take the burden alone for any bravado either side. STOP MADNESS.

brar Nov 14, 2016 06:13pm

Stop this madness only the poor are suffering on both sides, the culprits ie the politicians are safe.

Raj Patel Nov 14, 2016 06:15pm

@taimoor khan It is not going to happen. You have to sustain loss of life if firing goes on. Instead people on both side forces their gov. to stop madness.

Philly Franklin Farsi Nov 14, 2016 06:17pm

Why can't we have eternal peace. What is the problem. Didn't we live togather for over thousand years. Why can't it be achieved. Why so much hate Why are we killing each other. Wake up and smell the coffee. There is no alternative but peace ETERNAL PEACE, HARMONY. No progress will be achieved unless both sides step back from the precipe and realize where we are and where we need to go. Hopefully cool heads prevail. God bless Pakistan

Mike London Nov 14, 2016 06:26pm

Time for civility and diplomacy.

maintained Nov 14, 2016 06:32pm

How many people need to lose life before ceasefire is maintained?.

Moona Nov 14, 2016 06:34pm

These are heroes. RIP. India is trying its best to start hostilities.

south indian Nov 14, 2016 06:48pm

civilians and army casualties on both sides should be stopped .

Andy Nov 14, 2016 06:52pm

Sad, thinking about their families. Pakistani children and families are no different than Indian families and vice versa. Children are getting orphaned, no death can be justified. may their soul rest in peace.

That said, whilst blaming game is on on who started and who counter I am thinking of motivation and whose interest is it in to heat up the situation. Simplistic to think that a bigger neighbor trying to hegmonise a smaller one with deaths of innocent soldiers. One thing for sure that Modi's regime is different and would not take proxy war (through so called strategic depth) lying low. Pakistani 'establishment's' raison d'etre is keeping Indian animosity alive. Don't know whats the solution, unfortunate none the less.

To the point Nov 14, 2016 06:52pm

@Global Peace "what is the real problem ? It is Kashmir for the past 70 years. Now take a call. Do something about it without war . Or tell Kashmiri people that entire region can not go on like this forever !!

Shakil Khan Nov 14, 2016 07:02pm

Now what India trying to achieve from this? its assumption that Pakistan will just keep taking this and will not respond? both sides can easily kill each other soldiers posted at border and at LOC! now killing Pakistani soldiers will not make peace but will have killed some soldiers on Indian side in coming days and then India will start crying foul!

SukherA Nov 14, 2016 07:05pm

This is the single largest loss of life of Pakistani soldiers for decades. The soldiers are udually in their bunkers which are well designed to protect them against cross border shelling. The mountainous border terrain makes it very difficult to protect the soldiers when the other side is on a higher ground. We must build better bunkers to protect our soldiers and the military should investigate this incident thoroughly and take corrective actions.

Ali Nov 14, 2016 07:20pm

PM Modi must order his military to stop firing across the LOC, killing our civilians and soldiers. This is an act of war. He must know that both countries have nuclear weapons which demands leadership of greatest restraint. If PM Modi has any political problems, he should resolve it peacefully. War is not an option.

GLY Mendon Nov 14, 2016 07:38pm

@Alba Well, Good Luck!!

Jally Fellow Nov 14, 2016 07:54pm

Very sad.. Pakistan and India should accept the LoC as a permanent boarder and not interfere in other internal matters. That is the only way for peace. The strategy of killing by 1000 cuts will backfire both sides.

kartikey mishra Nov 14, 2016 08:15pm

Unfortunate and should not happened all this

Honest guy. Nov 14, 2016 08:43pm

@Ravi : Agree with you.

Kiran Nov 14, 2016 08:50pm

Its a bad and sad news on both the sides! Our Indian soldiers also have been sacrificing their lives!

PCP Nov 14, 2016 09:19pm

People who are safe in their homes on both side resort to jingoism.Soldiers from poor families are dying and paying the price.Their families face the consequences.When will all this stop?

Singh.RA Nov 14, 2016 09:47pm

Peace and dialogue is only solution not war.

Dr. salaria, aamir ahmad Nov 14, 2016 09:53pm

What a great tragedy?

nishchay Nov 14, 2016 09:59pm

@taimoor khan How??

God help us Nov 14, 2016 11:40pm

OMG. Stop this madness. Both sides should exercise restrains.

SK Nov 15, 2016 12:04am

Death of a soldier on border is faiure of the administration and government to maintain peace.It is strange that so many people in Pakistan are being killed regularly and frequently here and there. Even then no one is trying to bring peace in the country. They are running a government characterised by its absence everywhere internally and externally both.

SK Nov 15, 2016 12:07am

Death of a soldier on border is sad and must be stopped.

True view Nov 15, 2016 01:03am

Both countries poor and innocent people are dieing due to Pakistan wrong policy. This fact first Jinna attacked on Kashmir to occupied and killed innocent Kashmiri including Muslim in 1948.

all Pakistani must thanks to jinna who created Islamic country on historic Indus land by removing non Muslim.

And tell alhamduleillah to God and live with peace with whatever God is given.

sajjad akbar Nov 15, 2016 02:29am

Time to think. Who is responsible for this?

Siva Nov 15, 2016 03:04am

@Think twice. True bro

Sana Nov 15, 2016 03:30am

@irfan farooqui Good question what is going on is poor governance you need a new govt.

azaad Nov 15, 2016 04:41am

Very sad. Our hearts must go out to the poor soldiers. RIP brothers. Know this, you are fodder for the egos of generals and politicians.....

Paul Nov 15, 2016 04:45am

when Human kill a life of its own specie. Nothing is worse in that. Very sad and horrible state of Human affairs .

Hopefully love will win . Yeah One day . Peace

OSO Nov 15, 2016 05:14am

RIP

Lahori Kid Nov 15, 2016 06:10am

I'm a son and a brother of men who spent their entire life(30 years each) serving their country. Today, I weep for the fallen soldiers, May GOD bless your souls, Ameen.

sandy Nov 15, 2016 07:36am

i sympathize with the families of the soldiers.

Sunil Dhiman Nov 15, 2016 07:37am

@Solah aanne Agree

nadii Nov 15, 2016 09:24am

@riz1 please send me those international artical on this issue

Hubshee Nov 15, 2016 10:08am

Consider reviewing our policy. Skip the strategic policy in Afghanistan, repeal FCR. Too many poor people and soldiers deaths. Wake up, will you...

afzal sahib Nov 15, 2016 10:58am

we never cry as these soldiers are immortal for ever, salute & bravo our brave soldiers.

ansr ALi Nov 15, 2016 11:07am

We salute our valiant soldiers!

Zafar Nov 15, 2016 01:23pm

@Sab Se Pehle Pakistan : long live Pakistan

Tahir Baloch Nov 15, 2016 01:31pm

Sad news

Qasim Nov 15, 2016 02:31pm

Salute to sons of the soil.

Pakistani Nov 15, 2016 05:14pm

Now wait for our response.......

Mona Nov 15, 2016 06:53pm

Heart breaking...

ADD Nov 15, 2016 09:48pm

There should a an international group overseeing who is breaking the LOC and then action should be taken against the culprit nation. This tit for tat is going to claim lives on both sides with no really progress in site. R.I.P. fallen soldiers on both sides.

Tickleme Elmo Nov 15, 2016 11:18pm

Soldiers on both sides are being killed because of the sick games politicians are playing.

GREAT Nov 16, 2016 01:26am

@Pakistani Waiting please respond!

Nasir Nov 16, 2016 07:05am

@Think twice. It not going to solve, 100s of such meeting had happened in the past.

azad Nov 16, 2016 09:23am

RIP

chells Nov 16, 2016 04:45pm

@Think twice.

well said.

long live peace.

Tahsin Zahid Nov 16, 2016 06:01pm

I feel soldiers are dying for the motto of politicians...I am from India and what i read daily is that unprovoked firing has been started by Pakistan...I fail to understand as to why army from either side will kill soldiers of other side without any reason...I think handful of politicians from both side are creating this trouble for their own personal benefit

ALI (CA) Nov 16, 2016 10:54pm

@uppu - u r wrong, read Pakistani comments, they r mostly for peace.

ALI (CA) Nov 16, 2016 10:58pm

@GREAT - sorry no cheering on our response as lives are lost but we did on the same day. 7 vs 11 that's 18 lives wiped out. So sad and u r chest thumping.