'4 Pakistan soldiers drown in river after Indian forces' firing'

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In yet another ceasefire violation by Pakistan along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir on July 17, an army jawan and a girl were killed.

The latest ceasefire violation along the de facto border suggests continued tensions between the two nuclear-armed neighbours. "In the exchange of fire, Lance Naik Mohammed Naseer succumbed to his injuries", said Lieutenant Colonel Mehta.

"This is the highest number if we compare the past ceasefire violations", the DG ISPR said, adding that the number of civilians killed on the Pakistani side was also the highest compared to the past.

Indian Army's DGMO, Lt. Gen. A.K. Bhatt, highlighted that all cease-fire violations were initiated by Pakistan, and the Indian Army only responded appropriately to them.

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Four soldiers were martyred on Sunday when their army vehicle was struck by Indian shelling from across the Line of Control (LoC), the Inter-Services Public Relations said in a statement.

On Wednesday, two Indian soldiers were targeted in Keran sector of Kupwara while another Indian soldier deployed at a forward post in Rajouri was targeted on Friday. As the Indian army has beefed up its defences by increasing frequency of area domination patrol, BAT teams found themselves in a tight spot. In a second incident, the Pakistani troops resorted to heavy firing and mortar shelling on the Indian troops in Balakote area in Mendhar sector of Poonch district as well.

The firing is being retaliated strongly and effectively by Indian troops, a defense spokesman said.

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