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The Line of Control(LoC) is far from quiet as both Indian and Pakistani forces are trading fire galore. According to officials, a  teenage boy and a man were killed and at least 13 others were injured as Indian troops continued to pound civilian populations along the Line of Control (LoC) in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK). India hurled mortar shells and other small arms.

The ISPR said that one soldier was also martyred in the firing. Further, the media wing of the Army released a video along with a press release showing the demolition of Indian posts which took out 5 Indian soldiers.

The head of the media wing, Major General Asif said that such breaches will be responded to in the same manner.

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“Pakistan Army aggressively responded on Indian posts,” read the release. “Response destroyed Indian posts firing on Pakistani posts/civilians. Five Indian soldiers killed, many injured. Indian guns silent due to effective engagement.”

The head of the media wing, Major General Asif said that such breaches will be responded to in the same manner. “Unprovoked cease fire violations shall always be responded strongly, aggressive and effectively by Pakistan Army,” he added.

The Line of Control has remained heated since last year when Kashmiris launched a reinvigorated surge against India in Indian Occupied Kashmir(LoC). The sporadic lull was broken when on Sunday, a Pakistani Army vehicle was hit by Indian shelling which resulted in the martyrdom of four soldiers.

Two army jawans were killed and six people, including three civilians, were injured as Pakistani troops pounded several villages and forward areas with mortar bombs along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir on Wednesday, Indian officials said

India alleges Pakistan of violating the status of the LoC in a bid to help militants into IOK to stir up violence in the valley. The narrative has been clamored more vociferously since last year.

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Indian claims 

Two army jawans were killed and six people, including three civilians, were injured as Pakistani troops pounded several villages and forward areas with mortar bombs along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir on Wednesday, Indian officials said. Defense sources have claimed that a total of Nine people, including six soldiers, were killed and 18 injured in over a dozen ceasefire violations by the Pakistani army along the LoC this month.

The sources further added that Pakistani troops targeted several areas of Rajouri, Poonch and Kupwara districts of along the LoC, putting the lives of school-going children at risk.”Pakistani troops initiated unprovoked firing on Indian Army posts in Naushera sector in Rajouri at around 1350 hours today(Wednesday). The Indian Army retaliated strongly and effectively,” the defense spokesman said. An Indian sepoy Jaspreet Singh was killed in the exchange of fire.

Islamabad warns Delhi

In a weekly hotline contact between the DGMOs of both Armies, Pakistan warned India against escalation. Pakistani DGMO Maj Gen Sahir said that tactical actions must be reined-in , for they can lead to dangerous standoffs.

China’s support for Pakistan and that of the US for India makes both crises very incendiary. It would become clear in the coming days as to where these two tiffs on different battlefields converge.

“Such acts have the potential to escalate which then will be extremely detrimental to peace and stability.While we don’t want to go down the path where we start choking each other’s supply lines; however, any such recurrence will invoke more strong and effective measures from Pakistan’s side,” the ISPR quoted Mirza as saying.

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India and China are amid a very dangerous spat on the Sikkim border. The tensions on the LoC are another jolt to regional stability.China’s support for Pakistan and that of the US for India makes both crises very incendiary. It would become clear in the coming days as to where these two tiffs on different battlefields converge.

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