India fire assault on LoC kills 12 Pakistanis, DGMOs speak

Pakistan said it lost three Army personnel, including a Captain, while nine civilians were killed and another nine injured when Indian fire hit a bus on the Neelum Valley road in the Dudhnial sector in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.

Written by Praveen Swami , Sushant Singh | New Delhi | Updated: November 24, 2016 2:18 pm
Line of control, Pakistan, Pakistan India LOC, Pakistan firing LOC, Pakistan LOC, indian army, india-pakistan, india-pakistan on kashmir, india-kashmir, pakistan ceasefire violation, india-loc, indian soliders, india-pakistan, india surgical strikes, india news, indian express India said Pakistan opened fire on civilian targets in the sectors of Machil, Keran and Gurez.

A day after it promised “heavy retribution” for the killing of three of its soldiers — one of the bodies was mutilated — by Pakistanis who crossed the Line of Control in the Machil sector of north Kashmir, the Indian Army launched a fire assault Wednesday against Pakistani posts at different points along the LoC.

Pakistan said it lost three Army personnel, including a Captain, while nine civilians were killed and another nine injured when Indian fire hit a bus on the Neelum Valley road in the Dudhnial sector in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir. The Pakistan Army named its three dead as Captain Taimoor Ali Khan, Havaldar Mushtaq Hussain and Lance Naik Ghulam Hussain.

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India said Pakistan opened fire on civilian targets in the sectors of Machil, Keran and Gurez. Shells landed close to the Kishanganga dam project, forcing workers to take shelter in the tunnels there. The villages of Kanzelwan, Kufri and Malikpora, local officials said, too were hit, but there was no loss of life.

In the evening, the Ministry of Defence said Lt General Ranbir Singh, Director General of Military Operations (DGMO), spoke to his Pakistan counterpart Major General Sahir Shamshad Mirza following a Pakistani request for unscheduled talks on hotline in the aftermath of the Indian Army’s “punitive fire assaults”.

Major General Mirza informed Lt General Singh about civilian casualties on the Pakistani side of the LoC. Lt General Singh expressed grief over the civilian casualties but said retaliatory firing by Indian troops only targeted locations from where Pakistan had initiated ceasefire violations. The Ministry said the DGMO conveyed concerns over casualties among Indian civilians and soldiers due to unprovoked Pakistani firing.

Raising the issue of infiltration attempts by terrorists and the mutilation of the bodies of Indian soldiers, Lt General Singh told the Pakistan DGMO to exercise strict control on his troops and refrain from nefarious activities. This would lead to return of normalcy along the LoC, the Ministry quoted Lt General Singh as telling Major General Mirza.

The Pakistan Army, in its statement, said it lodged a protest over the strike on the bus. It said an ambulance which approached the bus to evacuate the injured too was fired upon. The Pakistan DGMO, the statement said, conveyed to his counterpart that Pakistan reserved the right to respond at the time and place of its choosing.

Indian military sources said the bus had been hit by accident when it unexpectedly traversed a bend while troops stationed on the ridgeline above were bringing fire on the road to disrupt military traffic.

In New Delhi, Pakistan Deputy High Commissioner Syed Haider Shah was summoned by Gopal Baglay, Joint Secretary (in-charge of Pakistan) in the Ministry of External Affairs, who conveyed India’s strong reaction to continued ceasefire violations and mutilation of bodies of its soldiers.

On his part, Shah protested “the recent spate of unprovoked Indian firing and shelling” which, he claimed, had so far resulted in the loss of more than 50 civilian lives including women, infants and the elderly, besides several Pakistani soldiers.

The trading of shells on the LoC comes just two days ahead of the thirteen anniversary of a ceasefire that both countries agreed upon in 2003.

The killing of three Indian soldiers on the LoC were the latest in a series of violent clashes that have taken place since India raided terror launch pads following the Uri attack.

Figures obtained by The Indian Express show that violence has escalated sharply since the surgical strikes on the night of September 28, with 12 military personnel and 12 civilians recorded killed in 279 exchanges of fire recorded until November 15.

While official figures will be compiled after the month ends, government sources said the number of fire exchanges had edged past 300, and the number of military fatalities had risen to 17. No fatality had been recorded on the Indian side of the LoC until September 28, while just four exchanges of fire were reported — a record low after a steady uptick in violence which began in 2008.

Naked aggression: Nawaz Sharif

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif termed as “naked aggression” the “unprovoked firing” by India across the LoC that resulted in the death of civilians and soldiers and said India had failed to comprehend the gravity of the situation.— PTI

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    Ash
    Nov 24, 2016 at 5:30 am
    The root cause is because of "Kashmir mein rahena tho Allah ho akbar kahena"
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      Soni
      Nov 24, 2016 at 9:54 am
      Actually savagery thy name is Hinduism which is based on ra*pe , on which Hindus are expert after all they learned from Krishna who was a goonda running after radha's pu*** and other gopees
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        Soni
        Nov 24, 2016 at 9:56 am
        And u Hindus believe that killing a Muslim, Christian and dalits over beef, no where in the world people kill over food except Hindus, Hinduism is a rotten religioon worshipping nudity, encouraging ra*pe and slaughtering the weaker section, it has no place for women and the weak.
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          Soni
          Nov 24, 2016 at 9:52 am
          Hindus are the real barbarians, just look at ur own language and in general the vulgar and foul language they use. Muslims came and taught them manners and all the good cuisine u eat and the beautiful architecture for which millions of tourists come is due to their contribution
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            Soni
            Nov 24, 2016 at 9:47 am
            Indian army is pering and ra*ingredients innocent kashmiris hope u one day face the same situation
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              Soni
              Nov 24, 2016 at 9:44 am
              It's a blatant lie that Kashmiri pundits were forced to leave, the pundits left because the Indian army was pering and ra *ping them like now they are using the same fascist tactics under fascist dictator modi
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                Indian twat
                Nov 24, 2016 at 10:39 am
                ault or cowardly act by indians shooting innocent people travelling on bus or maybe this was surgical strike.
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                  Rogue
                  Nov 23, 2016 at 11:57 pm
                  The bus which came in the line of fire was sent in on purpose. Watch the news. lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;It was meant as sacrificial bait. lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;No need to express regrets. lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Kill 'em all, Let the hyenas sort 'em out.
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                    VP Joshi
                    Nov 24, 2016 at 3:44 am
                    Alas for the land of Buddha, where man is asked to delight in killing man. Whether Indian or stan, the wails of widows and children are the same. This is shameful and worse than wild savagery.
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                      Kds
                      Nov 24, 2016 at 10:06 am
                      @soni, it's because of paid agents like u who love to damage their own land, Pak has become so dare over years.Be ashamed to make such comments.
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                        Satendra kumar
                        Nov 24, 2016 at 4:13 am
                        All international borders between India and stan is sealing with thermo nuclear laser sensor razor barbed wire that will make surveillance for effective with less loss of our soldiers.The new advance hi tech technology will make better coordination patrolling doing day to day supervision for the international line of control.The new fence will make terrorist organisation insurgents or illegal border crossing tougher.The central government states and all Indians has summoned for such fences that will deter doing any terrorist job on Indian soil.
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                          HindForce
                          Nov 24, 2016 at 3:44 am
                          kill Every Single stani because every stani Is terrorist.Use COBRA to KILL BAT.
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                            Michellegt;Vedicgt;human
                            Nov 24, 2016 at 2:09 am
                            MUZZIES and Islam-med are koran bred savages with heightened animal instincts,---We need to understand this and treat them as such,--- Any other softer approach will be a failure,---lt;br/gt;Any Porki is like a zombie with no soul and should be helped to escape from clutches of pis slam by a shot through his head. All Porkis deserve such help,---in retaliation,----10 for 1 should be the motto.,---Jai Hind.
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                              Paul
                              Nov 24, 2016 at 4:09 am
                              North Indians especially Hindus have lived with Muslim invasions since time immemorial. Hindus are used Muslim barbarism. Tell them something new.
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                                MyTake
                                Nov 24, 2016 at 12:34 am
                                If stan is ssoooooooooooo innocent why it can't ask the international community to come and monitor who fires the first shot? lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;After all that stan has been doing over the years, it needs to do more than "enough" to make international community tomliatwn to it let alone believe it!! Just crying wolf is not going to help stan due to the fact that stan itself is responsible for tarnishing its own image! Even if it speaks now 110% truth, it still has the burden to prove it! Such is the price attached to image!!
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                                  MyTake
                                  Nov 24, 2016 at 12:40 am
                                  No need to form committed and ask for talks! lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;All that is required is not to fire the first shot and everything else will be sorted automatically! India got enough to do on its plate instead of engaging in "firing" race and that again with stan when stan itself is at war with its own self in order to prove who is more jehadi than the rest!
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                                    Kumar
                                    Nov 24, 2016 at 2:53 am
                                    Before 2014 Normalcy was returning on the border and kashmir and lot of improvement was seen and people thought it is turning point. Now with every ping day situation on Border, Kasmir and am going from bad to worse.
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                                      zeed
                                      Nov 24, 2016 at 7:22 am
                                      These two beggar countries will be the bane of kmr
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                                        zeed
                                        Nov 24, 2016 at 10:24 pm
                                        For a change let these Indians and stani ba5tards do the dying in Kashmir lt;br/gt;Frucking cannibals
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                                          HAMMAD
                                          Nov 24, 2016 at 7:45 am
                                          This is typical of India to hit soft targets like civilians. Off course the Indian Army have inherited allot of Israel Tactics, including killing children and demonstrating that they are defending them self.
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                                            Asif Khan
                                            Nov 24, 2016 at 1:24 am
                                            Apparently, Palistani military and civilians also gets killed! Who knew? So they know the pain now.
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