RAWALPINDI (NNI): Pakistan army said Sunday that four soldiers drowned in a river after Indian troops targeted their vehicle moving along the Line of Control (LoC).
Body of one soldier has been recovered and search for three others is underway, the ISPR said.
Giving details of the incident the army spokesman said that the Indian forces fired at the vehicle along Neelum River at Athmaqam area. “The vehicle fell into the Neelum River. 4 soldiers drowned. Body of one shaheed (martyred) recovered, search for remaining 3 in progress,” he said.
Pakistani forces responded to the ceasefire violation, the spokesman said. Pakistan and India had declared ceasefire along the LoC in 2003; however India has increased violations in redcet weeks.
The latest incident occurred hours after the military spokesman Major General Asif Ghafoor said Indian forces have committed 580 ceasefire violations so far this year, which he described as the “highest in any year.”
“India is committing massive ceasefire violations on LoC to divert world attention from the grave human rights violations and indigenous struggle of Kashmiris in the Occupied Kashmir,” he said, adding Indian army “has the choice of opening fire on civilian areas” whereas the Pakistan Army cannot do that to Kashmiris across the LoC.
Replying to a question about the Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav s case, he said the Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa is “analyzing” the evidence in the case and will take a decision on Jadhav’s mercy appeal on merit.
Jadhav was handed death sentence by a field court martial in April for his involvement in espionage and terrorist activities. India had approached the International Court of Justice in The Hague in May, which has halted his execution until it delivers a final verdict.
The army said on June 22 that Jadhav filed a mercy petition before Gen Bajwa after a Military Appellate Court rejected his appeal.
Pakistan army says Jadhav had been arrested from Balochistan in March last year after he reportedly entered from Iran for espionage and to recruit people for terrorist activities.