Jaish-e-Mohammad Terrorists Neutralised, 7 Pakistani Soldiers Killed Along LoC

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Things heated up along the Line of Control on Monday after the Indian Army killed seven Pakistani soldiers on the Line of Control in "retaliatory action" in Kashmir's Poonch District. The Army also destroyed a Pakistani post along the LoC in Poonch district. "Four soldiers of #Pakistan Army have embraced martyrdom in unprovoked #Indian firing along the Line of Control in Jandrot-Kotli Sector".

Earlier, Minister for Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit-Baltistan Barjees Tahir said India had committee over 70 ceasefire violations along the Line of Control (LoC) in nearly first three weeks of January this year. "Exchange of fire killed three Indian soldiers, while a few were injured", it said.

The terrorists from Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) were killed by security forces as they were attempting to enter the Dulanja area in Uri from Pakistan, Defence spokesperson Col Rajesh Kalia said. This was the day in 1949 that the then Lieutenant General Cariappa took over from Lt Gen Roy Butcher to become the first Indian the commander-in-chief of the Indian Army.

It urged India to respect the 2003 Ceasefire arrangement; investigate this and other incidents of ceasefire violations; instruct its forces to respect the ceasefire deal, in letter and spirit and maintain peace on the LoC and the Working Boundary. The government has also told Islamabad that Pakistani troops must stop unprovoked firing for both sides to be able to check the increase in ceasefire violations. The parade will be reviewed by Army chief General Bipin Rawat.

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The BCI chairman, Manan Kumar Mishra, who was heading the delegation, expressed confidence that the rift would be resolved soon. He said that the crucial matters should be listed before a five-judge Constitution bench until the crisis comes to an end.

"From the recovery of arms/ammunition and other warlike stores it appeared that the militants had had hatched a plan to launch a Fidayeen attack and belonged to the Jaish-e-Muhammad militant group", SSP Imtiyaz Hussain said.

As per the data compiled by the Union Home ministry, Pakistani forces have violated ceasefire 724 times along the IB and the LoC till October in comparison to 449 times in 2016. "Ceasefire violations by Pakistan happen frequently, to which we respond effectively".

Looking retrospectively at the past year, the Army chief expressed satisfaction that soldiers gave a befitting response to the adversary along the borders and the force's conduct in counter-terror operations has been "professional" and one "upholding the values associated with human rights".

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