Pakistan Suffering 3-4 Times The Number Of Casualties As Us: Army Chief Bipin Rawat

| February 6 , 2018 , 08:21 IST

Over the past year, ceasefire violations by Pakistan have been taking place with increasing frequency along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir, with most recently on Sunday night 4 Indian Army soldiers, including a Captain, getting killed during Pakistan army firing in Rajouri sector of Kashmir.

Amidst calls of revenge and retaliation, Army Chief General Bipin Rawat assured the public that the armed forces are carrying out swift retaliation and the Pakistan Army is suffering 3-4 times the number of casualties as compared to the Indian Army.

"Pakistan Army is suffering three to four times the number of casualties compared to us in the ceasefire violations," said General Rawat.

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A senior officer of the Army approximated that around 130-140 Pakistan army soldiers were killed by India last year.

"Pakistan is hurt more than us...that's why the Pak Army refuses to give its casualty figures to its own Parliament. We estimate 130-140 Pak soldiers were killed in our cross-border firings and tactical operations last year," the officer said.

Former Northern Army Command chief, Lieutenant General D S Hooda (retd), who oversaw the September 2016 'surgical strike' attacks, said that it seemed unlikely that the situation along the LoC would get better in the short term.

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"I don't think the situation will get better in the short term. The atmosphere has been completely vitiated by the Pak Army strategy to send terrorists across to carry out IED blasts, mutilate our soldiers and attack garrisons. It leaves no space for any confidence-building like a ceasefire agreement," said Lt-Gen D S Hooda.

In 2017, there were around 860 ceasefire violations along the LoC and 120 along the International Border, the highest number in the past 15 years. In the first 36 days of the year 2018, already 241 ceasefire violations have taken place along the LoC, leading to the death of 9 Indian soldiers.