The Indian Army claims to have killed around 138 soldiers of the Pakistan Army in 2017 in strategic operations and retaliatory cross-border firings. The Indian Army and their counterparts from Pakistan have been deployed in the highly contested Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir.
The Indian Army lost 28 personnel during the same time along the Line of Control (LoC), the sources added. The sources further stated that the Pakistan Army usually does not recognize the casualties of their soldiers due to internal pressure, and instead portray them as civilian fatalities.
The Indian Army has been embracing a “coherent” strategy in dealing with ceasefire violations and terrorist activities in the state of Jammu and Kashmir. The Pakistan Army has suffered 138 fatal and 155 non-fatal casualties in strategic operations and retaliatory cross-border firings along the LoC in 2017, the sources confirmed to PTI.
A total of 70 Indian Army soldiers were wounded during cross-border firings and other related events. When enquired about the fatalities on the Pakistani side, the Army refused to comment. However, Army spokesperson Col Aman Anand said that the Indian Defense forces have been aggressively retaliating against any ceasefire violations by the Pakistan Army and will continue to do so in the future.
According to official figures, 860 incidents of ceasefire violations by Pakistani army were reported in 2017, against 221 in 2016. The intelligence sources said that Indian Army killed 27 Pakistani personnel in sniper firing last year while seven of its soldiers attained martyrdom due to sniper firing from the Pakistani side.
As part of the strategy of “hot pursuit”, the Indian Army has been carrying out strategic operations to thwart Pakistan Army’s assistance to the terrorist organizations along the LoC. In May last year, the Indian Army claimed to have launched “punitive attacks” on Pakistani positions across the Line of Control, inflicting heavy damage.
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