Pakistan Army hits India hard at LoC, dealing losses in men and material

Pakistan Army troops responded in kind to Indian aggression in the Khuiratta Sector along the Line of Control (LoC) on Wednesday, dealing heavy losses to the Indian Army in terms of men and material, Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) informed in a late-night tweet. 

Two soldiers of the Pakistan Army, Lance Naik Tariq and Sepoy Zaroof embraced martyrdom in the exchange of fire while fighting valiantly, the ISPR said.  

“Indian troops initiated CFVs in Khuiratta Sector along #LOC. Pakistan army troops responded befittingly. Reports of heavy losses 2 Indian troops in men & material. During exchange of fire, while fighting valiantly, 2 soldiers, Lance Naik Tariq & Sepoy Zaroof embraced shahadat,” tweeted the DG ISPR. 

Relations between the two nuclear-armed countries have been tense ever since the Pulwama attack, when India blamed Pakistan for having a hand in the assassination of more than 40 Central Reserve Police Force soldiers in the occupied Kashmir territory.  

Pakistan vehemently denied the accusations, which had been levelled by India without any evidence.

However, on February 26, 2019, Indian aircraft intruded into Pakistani territory and dropped their payload Balakot, making a hasty retreat as the PAF jets chased them out of Pakistan’s airspace.

The next day, the PAF shot down two Indian army planes in broad daylight and captured Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, who was later released by Pakistan as a “peace gesture” towards India. 

Pakistan-India ties had then deteriorated further when New Delhi scrapped Article 370 of the Indian constitution, stripping occupied Kashmir of its special status and the freedoms that came along with it. 

Ever since then, India’s ceasefire violations across the LoC have increased and Pakistan has responded befittingly each time.