The Indian Army today killed three Pakistani soldiers in exchange of fire near the Line of Control (LoC), according to Pakistan’s Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR).
"Three Pakistani soldiers valiantly embraced shahadat at the Line of Control while responding to Indian unprovoked firing," the ISPR was quoted as saying by ‘Dawn’.
According to ‘Dawn’, Pakistani Army’s media wing identified the three killed soldiers as Captain Taimoor Ali Khan, Havaldar Mushtaq Hussain and Lance Naik Ghulam Hussain.
A statement by ISPR also claimed that seven Indian soldiers were confirmed dead in retaliatory fire.
"It may be mentioned here that in order to distract attention from the real issue of atrocities in India-held Kashmir by Indian troops, they are now targeting civilians population across the LoC towards the Pakistan side," the ISPR claimed.
The report adds that Indian troops targeted a passenger bus near the LoC earlier today, killing nine people and injuring 11 others in Lawat.
In a separate incident of Indian shelling in Nakyal and Tatta Pani, one person was killed and seven others injured.
The latest incident on casualties on Pakistani side comes just a day after the Indian army claimed three of its soldiers were killed along the LoC and threatened Pakistani forces of retribution.
The Indian Army also claimed that the body of one of the dead soldiers had been "mutilated."
Pakistani Foreign Office, however, rejected the claim and said that the reports are a fabrication and a blatant attempt to malign Pakistan.