STATE TIMES NEWS JAMMU: Pakistan military raised the white flag to retrieve bodies of its two soldiers along the LoC in Hajipir sector of PoK after they were killed by the Indian security personnel during cross border firing, Army sources said on Saturday. The Indian Army on Saturday released a 1.47-minute video of the incident which showed Pakistan military personnel raising the white flag to retrieve the bodies of their soldiers. On September 10-11, Indian troops killed a Pakistani Sepoy Ghulam Rasool of their Punjab Regiment in Hajipir sector of Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, the sources said.
Pak violates ceasefire
POONCH: Pakistani troops engaged in heavy firing and mortar shelling on forward posts and villages along the Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch district on Saturday in violation of the ceasefire, officials said.The firing and mortar shelling from across the border started in Balakote and Mankote areas at around 10 am, drawing a strong retaliation from the Indian Army, the officials said. They said heavy exchange of fire between the two sides was going on when last reports were received.Deputy Commissioner of Poonch Rahul Yadav said there was no report of any casualty in the Pakistani firing and the border residents have been advised to take necessary precautionary measures for their safety.
They said the deceased soldier was a ‘Punjabi Muslim’ who belonged to Bahawalnagar in Pakistan’s Punjab province. Initially, Pakistani soldiers, under the cover of intense ceasefire violations, attempted to recover the body, but another Pakistani ‘Punjabi Muslim’ soldier was killed while doing so, the sources said. After repeated attempts for two days, the Pakistani Army could not recover the bodies of their soldiers. On September 13, Pakistan’s Punjab Regiment soldiers raised the white flag and tried to recover the bodies, the sources said. White flag is raised to signal peace and truce. The sources said the Indian Army respects the dead and so permitted the Pakistanis to retrieve the bodies of their soldiers. Earlier, the Pakistan Army had refused to take back the bodies of five to seven Pakistani intruders who were killed during an infiltration attempt by the Pakistani Border Action Team (BAT) team on the intervening night of July 31-August 1. Sources claimed that the Pakistani Army disowns Kashmiris, Northern Light Infantry soldiers and terrorists, but not ‘Punjabi Muslim’ soldiers. Pakistan treats Kashmiris and Northern Light Infantry soldiers as “cannon fodder”, the sources said.
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