Army rejects Pakistan military's claim of killing 4 Indian soldiers



ISLAMABAD/NEW DELHI: The Army on Monday rejected Pakistan military's  claim of killing four Indian soldiers during cross-border firing on  Sunday, saying it had not suffered any casualties this month.  
   
   "Pakistan army has been   violating the ceasefire+   on a regular basis. It has deliberately targeted civilian areas during these across the Line of Control firing incidents," an Indian Army spokesperson said in New Delhi.  
   
   The Indian Army has not suffered any casualty in the month of July in these unprovoked ceasefire violations, the Army spokesperson added.  
   
   "As a mature and accountable institution, the Indian Army keeps the  public informed of casualties suffered through an established and  transparent system.  
   
   In case of occurrence of fatal casualties, tribute is paid to the  soldier through the official Twitter handle and Facebook page. State  funeral is also organised as a mark of respect," the official said.  
   
   The Indian Army, however, said in one such incident of specific  targeting, Havildar Md Shaukat, a serving soldier and his wife died  while he was at his home during leave.  
   
   The Indian Army response came after the Pakistani military claimed  that it had killed four Indian soldiers and destroyed two Indian  checkposts being used to target civilians.  
   
   The Pakistan army claimed that its firing came in response to alleged  "unprovoked firing" by India yesterday, "targeting innocent civilians".  
   
   It claimed that the Indian firing resulted in the death of five of its citizens.


"Pakistan army befittingly responded on July 9, causing substantial loss  to men and material. Two Indian Army posts firing on innocent civilians  have been destroyed. Four Indian soldiers killed," Pak army Spokesman  Major General Asif Ghafoor tweeted, while sharing the video.


The Pakistan army will continue to protect civilians from "unprovoked Indian aggression" at all costs, he said.


PTI