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Indian army’s toll double as compared to ours: Pak. Commander

Poonch: BSF soldiers patrol near Line of Control (LOC) at Sabjiyan sector of Poonch in Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday. PTI Photo (PTI8_10_2013_000118A)  

A top Pakistani military commander on Saturday claimed said that Indian army’s casualties were double as compared to Pakistan in the ongoing clashes at the Line of Control.

“Only 20 of our soldiers were killed while they lost more than 40 soldiers,” Commander of 10 Corps Lt.Gen .Malik Zafar Iqbal told a selected gathering of parliamentarians and journalists in Gilgit on Friday.

Lt Gen Iqbal was on a visit to the strategic Gilgit— Baltistan region in the north wherein he addressed a gathering of civil and military officials, the Express Tribune reported.

Lt. Gen. Iqbal claimed that rising army casualties were making the cost of ceasefire violations unbearable for the adversary.

“If they violate the ceasefire during the day, we manage to settle the score before evening, but if it [the violation] occurs during night, we respond in kind before dawn,” he said.

His remarks came days after Army chief Gen Raheel Sharif claimed that Indian army suffered at least 40 causalities in the recent border clashes. He also accused that Indian army was hiding its losses due to fear of public backlash.

Earlier, the Corps commander visited the Khunjerab Top — the entry point of the multi-billion dollar China—Pakistan Economic Corridor — where he inaugurated an ATM machine.

He claimed that India had set up a special section within its intelligence apparatus for obstructing the CPEC. “But we are ready to foil the enemy’s nefarious designs,” he added.

Pakistan’s military says Indian troops have conducted “unprovoked” cross—border firing in the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir, triggering an intense exchange of fire, but there was no word on casualties on either side.

Pakistani and Indian troops trade fire in Kashmir

A military statement on Saturday said Pakistani troops are returning fire and giving a “befitting response.”

The latest shootout comes a day after Pakistan’s navy claimed it had detected and stopped Indian submarines from entering the country’s territorial waters in the Arabian sea. India quickly denied the Pakistani claim.

Pakistan and India often trade fire in Kashmir, which is divided between the two neighbors and claimed by both in its entirety.

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