Pak army issues video claiming ‘destruction’ of Indian posts, India reject claims

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The Pakistan Army today released a video purportedly showing “destruction” caused by it to Indian military posts across the Line of Control, but the Indian Army dismissed the claim as “false and fabricated”.

This was the second such video released by Pakistan Army in two weeks amidst a flare-up in border tensions.

The 27-second video was released a day after the Pakistan Army claimed to have killed five Indian soldiers while retaliating to India’s “unprovoked ceasefire violation” in Tatta Pani sector along the LoC.

Pakistan Army spokesman Major General Asif Ghafoor posted the video on twitter in the wee hours today.

“Video clip showing destruction of Indian posts on LOC by Pak Army in response to unprovoked Indian firing on innocent citizens,” he said in a brief statement with the video.

The Indian Army rejected the Pakistan Army’s claim.

“It is false and fabricated,” a top army official said in New Delhi.

On May 24, it released a video purportedly showing heavy damage caused to the Indian posts across the LoC, in a tit- for-tat action after the Indian Army released a clip of the “punitive fire assaults” on Pakistani positions.

Yesterday, Army’s media wing Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) claimed to have killed five Indian soldiers and destroyed Indian bunkers in the firing.

No further details of the cross-border exchange of fire were provided by the Pakistan Army.

Yesterday, the Indian Army said that a woman was injured when the Pakistani Army violated ceasefire twice in two sectors of Poonch district by firing mortar shells on forward posts and civilian areas along the LoC, prompting Indian troops to retaliate.

There are strains in ties between India and Pakistan over cross-border terror attacks in India and the death sentence of Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav by a military court on spying charges.

The India army last month had said that it launched “punitive fire assaults” on Pakistani positions across the Line of Control, inflicting “some damage”, days after two of its troopers were beheaded.

The Indian Army had also rejected the Pakistan military’s claim that five Indian soldiers were killed in Tatta Pani sector along the LoC yesterday when Pakistani troops had retaliated to Indian fire.

A senior army official said there was no casualty and only a woman sustained injuries in the Pakistani firing.

(With PTI inputs)

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