India & Pakistan ‘to work bilaterally & try to reduce tensions’
With the tensions that are rising between India & Pakistan at the Line of Control (LoC) and the International Border (IB) refusing to further die down and has resulted in the killing of soldiers on both sides, the United States (US) has now urged both India and Pakistan ‘to work bilaterally & try to reduce tensions’.
Answering a question at a daily press briefing on Thursday, US State Department spokesperson John Kirby has said, “We remain in closer communication with our counterparts in both the countries, and again, as we have said that before, urge them both to work bilaterally to try to reduce tensions.”
A terrorist attack in Uri has claimed the lives of 19 soldiers, which was followed by a surgical strike by the Indian Army at the seven Pakistani terror launch pads in which reportedly 40-45 terrorists were killed.
Since that surgical strike, the LoC and the IB have been further witnessing escalation in exchange of fire between armies of the two countries that has claimed lives of many soldiers.
Indian Army has rejected Pakistan’s claim of killing 11 Indian soldiers
On Thursday, the Indian Army has rejected Pakistan’s claim of killing 11 Indian soldiers in cross-border firing across the LoC.
Earlier on Wednesday, Pakistan Army Chief General Raheel Sharif had also claimed that his troops killed at least 11 Indian jawans on the same day, when seven of the Pakistani soldiers were killed in retaliatory firing by the Indian troops across the LoC.
He claimed that Pakistan has almost killed ’40-44 Indian troops’ in the current clashes, but the Indian Army has been refusing to accept and own its casualties.
General Sharif said India should ‘show courage’ and own the deaths of its security personnel.
“The Indian army should man up and accept their losses,” he said.