Pak soldiers killed: Army; Pak confirms 4, claims 3 Indian causalities

Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal speaking to media in Lahore

Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal speaking to media in Lahore

Police said the slain terrorists were members of a fidayeen squad.

The Indian "retaliatory action" coincided with Army Day celebrations across India on Monday. So, ambushes were laid out in that area by Army, J&K police & CRPF.

While addressing the forces, he pointed out that disputes and transgressions were continuing along the Line of Actual Control at the Northern border with China and the Indian Army is "working to stop them".

India claimed its troops killed seven Pakistani soldiers, while one Indian soldier died.

The officer, however, remained tight-lipped over the nature of strike carried out by the Indian Army to target forward Pakistani posts.

Battles between the two nations have gone on in the disputed territory, with 138 Pakistani troops and 28 Indian soldiers being killed a year ago. Criticising Gen. Rawat's recent statement, he said that any Indian "misadventure" would be retaliated to with full force.

He added: "In the past few days, we were getting reports about possible attempts to infiltrate the Uri sector". Sources said the infiltrators, donning Army fatigues, were tracked down in Dulanja village.

The incident is the first major infiltration success story of 2018 for India's security forces in Kashmir.

Director-General South Asia Dr Mohammed Faisal summoned JP Singh and "condemned the unprovoked ceasefire violations by the Indian occupation forces, using heavy mortars, on January 15 in Jandrot sub-sector of Kotli Sector resulting in the death of four Pakistani soldiers, while injuring five others", said the statement.

Custodian of LoC Trade and Travel, Mohammad Tanveer confirmed that cross-LoC travel was suspended today. Last month, five army commandos of Ghatak battalion crossed LoC in Poonch and killed four Pakistani soldiers, to avenge killing of four soldiers including a Major by Pakistan Army.

Also on Monday, fighting erupted between the Indian troops and militants when soldiers intercepted heavily armed insurgents along the highly militarized de facto border that divides Kashmir between India and Pakistan, said Col. Rajesh Kalia, an Indian army spokesman. The army's quick retaliation indicates a new, proactive approach in the face of incessant Pakistani provocation.

The residents of Dari Dabsi, Bosani and other areas close to LoC in Poonch told Rising Kashmir that at aroundmidnight cross-LoC firing started and it continued till this morning.

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