Army kills 138 Pak soldiers in 2017 in tactical ops

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NEW DELHI: The Indian army killed 138 Pakistani army personnel in 2017 in tactical operations and cross-border dismissals in retaliation along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir, government intelligence sources said today.

The Indian army lost 28 soldiers during the same period throughout the LoC, the sources said.

The sources said that, in general, the Pakistani army does not recognize the deaths of its personnel and shows them as civilian casualties in certain cases.

The Indian Army has taken a “hard” approach to dealing with ceasefire violations and terrorist activities in Jammu and Kashmir over the past year.

The Pakistan Army has suffered 138 fatalities and 155 non-fatal tactical operations and cross-border retaliatory firings along the LoC in 2017, intelligence sources told PTI.

A total of 70 Indian Army personnel were injured during border shots and other incidents.

When asked about the deaths on the Pakistani side, the Army refused to comment. However, Army spokesman Col Aman Anand said that India has retaliated against all violations of the ceasefire by the Pakistan Army and will continue to do so.

According to official figures, in 2017, 860 incidents of ceasefire violations by Pakistani troops were reported, compared to 221 last year.

It seems that the Pakistani army has a policy of not recognizing the murder of its personnel, the sources said. They also referred to the Kargil war when Pakistan refused to accept casualties despite the evidence presented by India.

The sources also cited an incident on December 25 when a group of five
The army commandos crossed the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir and killed three Pakistani soldiers. The Pakistan Army had published a tweet that day acknowledging the deaths but then erased it.

The spokesman of the Pakistani army rejected two days later reports according to which the Indian commandos selectively attacked a post through the LoC and killed three of its soldiers.

Intelligence sources said the Indian army killed 27 Pakistani soldiers in sniper fire last year, while seven of its soldiers were killed in a Pakistani sniper fire that fired along the LoC.

As part of its “persecution” policy, the Indian army has been conducting tactical operations to thwart Pakistan’s army support of terrorists.
In May of last year, the Indian army had said it had launched “punitive fire attacks” on Pakistani positions through the LoC, inflicting “some damage”, days after two members of the Indian army were beheaded.