Indian Army Killed 138 Pakistani Soldiers, Lost 28 Jawans Along LoC In 2017: Govt Sources

| January 11 , 2018 , 09:05 IST

The year 2017 marked a sharp increase in the number of ceasefire violations by Pakistan along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir, with 860 such incidents taking place, as compared to 221 in the previous year.

A total of 138 Pakistan Army personnel were killed, and 155 injured by the Indian Army in 2017 in tactical operations and retaliatory cross-border firings along the LoC, government intelligence sources said. Meanwhile, the Indian Army lost 28 soldiers with 70 others being injured along the LoC during the same period of time.

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Over the past one year, the Indian Army has been adopting a "tough" approach by swiftly responding to ceasefire violations and terrorist activities in Jammu and Kashmir. Several top leaders of militant groups, such as Hizbul Mujahideen were also neutralised by Indian forces.

Pakistan, however, usually does not acknowledge the deaths of its personnel, even showing them as civilian casualties in certain cases.

India's retaliation to the killing of a major of the army along with 3 jawans by killing 3 Pakistani soldiers on December 25 was also denied by the Pakistan Army. Initially, Pakistan denied acknowledging the deaths, then said that the Indian Army simply provided cover to "non-state actors" that planted IEDs which then killed the Pakistani soldiers.