Four soldiers drown as Pakistan Army vehicle hit by Indian fire falls into river

Published: July 16, 2017
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MUZAFFARABAD / ISLAMABAD: Four Pakistani soldiers drowned on Sunday after Indian troops targeted their vehicle along the Line of Control (LoC) and it fell into Neelum River in Athmaqam.

The Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said the body of one of the soldiers had been found while the search for the others was under way by the time this report was filed.

Pakistani troops effectively responded to the cease fire violation, the ISPR added.

Last year on November 23, Indian army targeted a passenger bus in the same area, killing 12 civilians.

The latest ceasefire violation along the de facto border suggests continued tensions between the two nuclear-armed neighbours.

OIC Contact Group condemns Indian barbarism in held Kashmir

Speaking at news briefing earlier in the day, DG ISPR Major General Asif Ghafoor said the ceasefire violations committed by the Indian troops along the LoC had broken all previous records.

He said India violated the ceasefire 315 times in 2014, 248 in 2015, and 382 in 2016 while this year so far the number of such violations had risen to 580.

“This is the highest number if we compare the past ceasefire violations,” the DG ISPR said, adding that the number of civilians killed on the Pakistani side was also the highest compared to the past.

The spokesperson said India was raising the tension along the LoC in order to divert the global attention from the current unrest in disputed Kashmir.

Kashmiri leaders condemn attack

Leaders of the different political parties in the AJK condemned the attack.

Prime Minister Raja Farooq Haider Khan, President Sardar Masood Khan, Opposition leader Chaudhry Muhammad Yaseen, President Pakistan Peoples Party Latif Akbar and the parliamentary leader of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf in AJK Assembly Abdul Majid Khan strongly condemned the act while terming it “barbaric and inhumane”.

“Continuous ceasefire violation on the LoC by the Indian army shows New Delhi is not sincere regarding peace in South Asia. World powers and United Nations should take the notice of this barbaric act,” Akbar said.

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Reader Comments (8)

  • Indian
    Jul 16, 2017 - 8:51PM

    More fake news . More likely idiotic driver drove the vehicle into river.Recommend

  • Eman
    Jul 16, 2017 - 9:27PM

    This all is against humanity who are Indians to decide about fate of Kashmir I m Kashmiri and I’ll never let anyone to treat me like an animal Indian soldiers are very brutal .They even don’t deserve to be called as human beings they even not spare women and children .Tell me what is our crime that we are MUSLIMS!Recommend

  • Simple Truth
    Jul 16, 2017 - 9:35PM

    RIP martyred soldiers!!! They are always the ones paying the ultimate price, while their bosses are too busy perfecting the use of WhatsApp, and helping the SC annihilate democracy from the roots!Recommend

  • Sexton
    Jul 16, 2017 - 9:51PM

    We still have a long way to go before civilization descends on the world. I could write more, but is there any point?Recommend

  • Mostly Bull
    Jul 16, 2017 - 10:01PM

    take note, take note…china, north korea and who else?Recommend

  • superNeo
    Jul 17, 2017 - 12:51AM

    it’s fake news, the driver was drunk, he drove into river.Recommend

  • Jamaluddin
    Jul 17, 2017 - 7:13PM

    India needs to be responded the same way. Salutes to martyred soldiers of Pakistan. Recommend

  • k
    Jul 18, 2017 - 11:18AM

    @Jamaluddin:
    investigate, smoking too much weed might be the main cause, who knows? i learn this type of comment from pakistani friends.Recommend

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