One Indian soldier was killed and three others injured as Pakistan Army effectively responded to unprovoked Indian aggression across the Line of Control (LoC) on Monday.
According to a statement by the ISPR, Indian forces fired mortar shells in the Nakyal and Jandrot sectors across the LoC. The Indian troops targeted civilian populations in Sandhara, Kotli and Jabbar villages.
Ten civilians, including two women and an equal number of children, were injured as a result of the Indian shelling.
The military’s media wing said that Pakistan Army effectively responded to the Indian aggression, killing one Indian soldier and injuring three others which included a major.
Civilians injured from the Indian shelling were shifted to a local hospital for medical treatment.
India-Pakistan tensions on the rise
Tensions have been high between the two nuclear-armed states over the past couple of years. India and Pakistan came close to war in February last year after the Pulwama suicide attack that left more than 40 Indian soldiers dead.
India blamed Pakistan for aiding militants who carried out the attack. Islamabad denied the accusations. However, on February 26, 2019, Indian jets bombed Balakot. The next day, PAF jets shot down two Indian planes and captured an Indian pilot, Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman.
On August 5, 2019, India illegally annexed occupied Kashmir by revoking Article 370 of its constitution, which guaranteed special autonomy for the disputed region.
Islamabad responded sharply to the development, cutting off diplomatic ties with New Delhi and suspending trade with India. PM Imran Khan has referred to his Indian counterpart’s policies as ‘fascist’ and likened Indian under his rule to Nazi Germany.
With the civil and military leaders of both countries trading barbs over the past couple of years, unprovoked shelling across the LoC has increased.