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Indian corps commander warns 'elements in Pakistan' of 'unexpected damage'

Indian corps commander warns 'elements in Pakistan' of 'unexpected damage'

Indian army's Lieutenant General KH Singh on Monday warned "certain elements in Pakistan" of "unexpected damages" in the wake of repeated exchanges of fire between Indian and Pakistani border forces along the Line of Control and Working Boundary over the past week, according to a report on the NDTV website.

Commander of the Nagrota-based Headquarters 16 Corps outside Jammu, Lt Gen KH Singh said, "There are certain elements across the border who want to create trouble on the Line of Control... we have to give them certain unexpected damage to so that they don't repeat it in future."

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He claimed that the Pakistani Army shelled and opened fired on Poonch sector villages in India-held Kashmir's Jammu region on Saturday as Eidul Fitr celebrations were underway because the Indian Army had 'stopped terrorists from crossing the border' just a few days earlier.

"One girl was killed on the Pakistan side ? we regret the incident. The Pakistani army also suffered major damages. They chose the Eid day to retaliate and targeted our civilian areas after Eid prayers," the Indian general said.

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Over the past week, at least four Pakistanis were killed in three separate incidents of cross-border firing, and Pakistani troops had shot down a spy drone along the LoC.

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The Pakistan Army registered a complaint with United Nations Military Observers group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP) against cease fire violations by the Indian Army along the LoC and Working Boundary, after which a fact-finding team visited Saleh Pur, Chaprar and Malane in Chaprar Sector near working boundary.

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A day after firing took place along the LoC on Eid, the Foreign Office lodged a strong protest with India over what it said was the "offensive posture" of Indian security forces and a provocative act against the spirit of the Ufa understanding.

Foreign Office spokesman Qazi Khalilullah also said he regretted that the ceasefire violations by the Indian troops are being committed during the Eidul Fitr holidays as was done by them last year.

Read more: Indian ceasefire violation against spirit of Ufa understanding: FO

Tensions along the LoC began flaring up again despite an hour-long meeting between Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Summit in Ufa, Russia earlier this month.

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During the meeting, the two leaders had agreed that both India and Pakistan have a collective responsibility to ensure peace and promote development. The meeting had been seen by analysts as a thawing of relations after peace talks between the two estranged neighbours remained suspended since January 2013.

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