On Thursday as India celebrated its 73rd Independence Day, the Pakistan Army claimed that it lost three of its soldiers on the LoC firing by Indian forces, which was vehemently denied by India. India also denied Pakistan Army’s claim about five Indian soldiers getting killed in an exchange of fire on August 15.

The claims made by Pakistan’s Director General Inter Services Public Relations (DG ISPR) were termed as fictitious by an Indian Army officer. The officer, however, acknowledged that there was a ceasefire violation in Nowgam and Krishna Ghati sector, adding that but there were no casualties on the Indian side.

The DG ISPR had tweeted that three Pakistani soldiers were killed in the firing on the LoC by Indian forces while claiming that the Pakistan Army has killed five Indian soldiers in retaliatory fire. The DG ISPR also released photographs of Pakistan Army soldiers who were killed in the firing, identifying them as naik Tanveer, lance naik Taimoor and sepoy Ramzan.

Pakistan broke the ceasefire by firing small arms and mortars around 7 am in the Krishan Ghati sector in Poonch district on August 15 to which the Indian Army retaliated strongly and the firing continued till 5.30 pm, said the Indian Army.

While the Jammu and Kashmir Police on Wednesday had said that the Government-imposed restrictions have been completely lifted in Jammu, while they “will continue for some more time at certain places in the Kashmir Valley”.

“Restrictions are not imposed in a generalised manner,” J-K Additional Director General of Police, Law and Order, Muneer Khan said.

“Our biggest endeavour is that no civil casualty should take place,” Muneer Khan said.

“When a new situation of law and order arises, opposite parties including the neighbouring states take the initiative of unleashing the propaganda. Videos of 2016 and 2010 are in circulation now, that is part of propaganda,” the police officer said.

(With agency inputs)