News Desk |
In the continuous aggression on the Line of Control, two Pakistani soldiers and two citizens embraced martyrdom as Indian Forces undertook unprovoked firing along LoC, the military media wing, Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) informed in a statement released on Saturday.
Indian forces deliberately targeted the civilian population in Hotspring, Tattapani and Jandrot sectors along LoC.
Two soldiers¬¬–Havildar Abdul Rabb, Naik Khurram– and two civilians were martyred and two others, including a woman, were injured from the cross border firing from Indian side near Nakyal, ISPR said. The injured have been shifted to a hospital in Kotli, the statement added.
“Pakistani forces responded befittingly and targeted Indian posts.”
“Given the prevailing situation, Pakistan Air Force (PAF) and Pakistan Navy (PN) are on high alert”, ISPR said.
The escalation comes hours after Pakistan returned captured Indian Air Force (IAF) wing commander Abhinandan Varthaman to Indian forces at Wahga Border crossing yesterday.
On Feb 27, at least four people were martyred and eight others injured in firing in various sectors of Azad Kashmir due to shelling from across the dividing line, according to local media reports.
The decision to release of Indian pilot garnered a mixed response in Pakistan as some analysts believed that the good-will gesture would help decrease the tension at LoC; however, some experts also predicted that once getting the pilot back, India would restore to escalation.