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    Pakistan Claims Killed 6 Indian Soldiers in Response to Ceasefire Violations Near Line of Control

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    Tensions have been escalating between the two states in recent months, with several exchanges of fire taking place along the Line of Control in Kashmir. Both countries blame each other for violating the ceasefire, which was reached after a previous escalation in February and March.

    Spokesman for the Pakistani Armed Forces Major General Asif Ghafoor stated that the army responded in a manner "befitting" the ceasefire violations in the Tatta Pani Sector, near the Line of Control, allegedly carried out by Indian forces. According to Ghafoor, six Indian soldiers, including an officer, were killed and two bunkers destroyed in the Pakistani response.

    The Pakistani military spokesman also alleged that the alleged ceasefire violation by New Delhi's forces had claimed the lives of three civilians, including a 7-year-old boy. India has not responded to the claims yet.

    In the wake of the alleged ceasefire violation, Islamabad has summoned India's top diplomat in the country, Deputy High Commissioner Gaurav Ahluwalia, to condemn New Dehli's actions.

    Earlier in the day, an Indian Army official said that Pakistan violated the ceasefire in the Krishna Ghati Sector in the Poonch District of Jammu and Kashmir on 20 August, using small arms and mortar shells. According the official, the attack claimed life of one soldier and injured four others.

    Indian Border Security Force (BSF) soldiers patrol a street in Srinagar as the city remains under curfew following weeks of violence in Kashmir August 27, 2016
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    Indian Border Security Force (BSF) soldiers patrol a street in Srinagar as the city remains under curfew following weeks of violence in Kashmir August 27, 2016

    Tensions between the two states have been escalating recently, leading to several skirmishes along the Line of Control separating the two in Kashmir, with both Islamabad and New Delhi blaming each other for the ceasefire violations. This is the second escalation in 2019, with the previous one taking place at the end of February after the Pakistan Air Force downed at least one Indian jet following an air raid on Pakistani territory that was carried out by New Delhi.

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