DGMO to Pakistani counterpart: 'Indian Army reserves right to retaliate along LoC'

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The sectors reportedly targeted in the violence, which broke out on Thursday, fall in the Pakistani province of Punjab, parts of which are separated from Indian-administered Kashmir by a separate de-facto border known as the Working Boundary. India said that the cease fire violations were initiated by Pakistan and the BSF had only responded appropriately.

An Indian soldier was shot dead by Pakistani troops in the troubled Kashmir region as New Delhi forces killed two militants trying to infiltrate from the neighboring country.

Incidents of ceasefire violations by Pakistani troops have increased sharply this year.

Special hotline contact was also established between Directors General of Military Operations (DGMOs) of Pakistan and India to discuss the "deliberate targeting of Pakistani civilians residing in vicinity of working boundary", the ISPR said on Friday.

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However, Pakistan had denied the charge and accused the Indian troops of initiating firing but along the LoC and the IB called "Working Boundary" by it. Earlier on July 12, two army men were killed in sniper firing by Pakistani troops in the same area. According to government data, 110 militants were killed by the Army between January and September a year ago (the surgical strikes took place on the morning of September 29, 2016).

Pakistan DGMO "expressed its unflinching resolve to ensure security of its population" and taking "all necessary measures to deter any such aggression" in future on the LoC.

The Army said that the DGMO level talks were held at the behest of the Pakistani DGMO. There were also reports of seven Pakistan rangers being killed and many injured in the retaliation by BSF soldiers. Indian violation of the ceasefire agreement along the LoC is not uncommon.

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