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In rare admission, Pakistan says 7 soldiers killed by Indian in LoC firing

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Pakistan army on Monday said at least seven of its soldiers were killed in firing allegedly by Indian troops across the Line of Control.

Seven Pakistani soldiers were killed at the LoC in the Bhimber sector in an alleged ceasefire violation by Indian troops late last night, the army said in a statement.

Pakistani troops responded to “unprovoked” Indian firing and targeted Indian posts effectively, it said.

“Seven soldiers embraced shahadat at LOC in Bhimber sector in cross-fire LOC violation by Indian troops late last night. Pakistani troops while responding to unprovoked Indian firing targeted Indian posts effectively,” the Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) of Pakistan claimed in a post on social media site Facebook.

So far mostly civilian have been killed in the firing on Pakistani side of the LoC.

Pakistan Foreign Office last week said that the civilian death toll from alleged Indian shelling has risen to at least 25 in the past few weeks.

India’s High Commissioner Gautam Bambawale was summoned this afternoon by the Pakistan government so it can lodge a formal complaint.

Since India carried out surgical strikes in Pakistan on September 29, cross-border firing has escalated significantly. Islamabad denies that Indian troops crossed into Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir to target areas used to gather terrorists.

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