Soldiers killed by Indian ‘non-state actors’: FO

Islamabad – The foreign ministry has said that Indian “non-state actors” crossed the Line of Control in Kashmir to kill three Pakistani soldiers.

The troops were martyred on Monday in the Rakhchikri area of Azad Kashmir, the military said in a brief statement at the time. One Pakistani soldier was also wounded.

On Tuesday, a foreign ministry statement claimed that Indian forces initiated firing across the Line of Control in order to provide cover for unidentified “non-state actors” to place an improvised explosive device to kill the three soldiers.

“The unprovoked ceasefire violations by Indian occupation forces in the Rakhchikri sector on the LoC provided a cover for the planting of IEDs by non-state actors, resulting in the martyrdom of three soldiers and injuring another,” said the statement.

The foreign ministry “categorically rejected” these claims, reported in some sections of the Indian media, that Indian soldiers had crossed the boundary. “The false claims by India about the alleged cross-LoC adventures are a figment of their imagination and counterproductive for peace and tranquillity on the LoC,” said the statement.

Nonetheless, the statement is a rare admission by Pakistani officials that any armed fighters – whether Indian soldiers or “non-state actors” – crossed the heavily militarised LoC boundary, said Al Jazeera TV.

Pakistan also on Tuesday summoned Indian Acting Deputy High Commissioner JP Sindh to lodge protest against the unprovoked ceasefire violations by the Indian occupation forces along the Line of Control.

Director-General South Asia Dr Mohammed Faisal summoned the Indian envoy and “condemned the unprovoked ceasefire violations by Indian occupation forces,” said a foreign ministry statement.

The Pakistan Army media cell also refuted the claims of Indian media that the soldiers of its army crossed over the working boundary.

ISPR said on Tuesday that no Indian soldier crossed over the Line of Control (LoC). It was stressed that the claims of Indian media are baseless and floated only to satisfy domestic audience. “No Indian soldier crossed over LoC. Indian media claim is continuation of their self defeating projections to satisfy domestic audience,” ISPR tweeted.


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