ISPR denies casualties sustained in LoC firing by India

The Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) on Friday denied the Indian claim that Pakistani forces suffered casualties in firing across the Line of Control (LoC) in the Shakargarh sector. “Indian claim of hitting or killing any Pakistani soldier or Ranger with firing at anytime today at LoC is absolutely false,” said the statement released from the armed forces media wing.

Earlier today, India’s Border Security Force (BSF) claimed they shot dead seven Pakistani soldiers in retaliation to a ceasefire violation on the disputed Kashmir border. BSF alleged Pakistan Rangers targeted Indian positions with sniper fire early Friday, following a failed attempt by militants overnight to enter the Indian side in Hira Nagar near the main city of Jammu in India-held Kashmir.

“During intermittent firing of small arms and area weapons one militant and seven Rangers were shot dead,” said the BSF in a press statement. BSF spokesman Shubhendu Bhardwaj while talking to AFP claimed they had launched an “aggressive offensive” after one of their soldiers was critically injured by sniper fire from across the border.

“There was an infiltration attempt and sniper fire. We retaliated. The bodies are on the other side of the border,” said Bhardwaj.

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