February 2002 News

Pak claim of killing 114 jawans Ďabsurdí: India

5 February 2002
The Indian Express

New Delhi: India on Tuesday dismissed as ''absurd and figment of imagination'' Pakistan army claims of having killed 114 Indian soldiers during the past two months in retaliatory fire across the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir. Reacting to claims made by a Pakistani army spokesman in Islamabad, a Defence Ministry spokesman described these reports as ''concocted''. He said 21 security forces personnel, including 13 army men and 8 para-military forces men, had been killed along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir in the past two months. This he said was because Pakistani forces had indulged in unprovoked firing and in attempts to give covering fire to push in armed mercenaries. In addition to these casualties on the border, the spokesman said 35 army personnel had made the supreme sacrifice in ongoing counter insurgency operations in the period under reference.


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