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Five Indian soldiers killed in cross border firing at Line of control

RAWALPINDI:  Five Indian soldiers killed and several injured as Pakistan’s army responded the provoked firing of Indian security forces of border along line of control. iSPR said on Saturday

Indian bunkers were also destroyed in the firing, the ISPR said, adding that Pakistani troops “violently responded”.

Today’s episode marks the second incident of cross-border firing this week. On Thursday, two individuals were killed and six others injured when Indian troops resorted to unprovoked firing along the LoC.

Tense relations

Incidents of cross-border firing have become a norm since the last months of 2016 as tensions simmer between Pakistan and India over the Kashmir issue. Exchanges of fire have been reported sporadically since the new year began.

Following the Uri army base attack in September, India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi stepped up a drive to ‘isolate’ Pakistan diplomatically.

In the days following the attack, India claimed to have conducted a cross-border ‘surgical strike’ against ‘launch pads of terror’ in Azad Jammu and Kashmir — a claim Pakistan strongly rejected.

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

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