Pakistan's Dawn newspaper confirmed the Indian Army strike but reported it as an exchange of fire between troops on either side. The paper said, quoting Pakistan's Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), the "exchange of fire" began at 2.30 am and continued till 8 am this morning. Two Pakistani armymen were killed, the paper said.
Indian Army DGMO Lt. Gen. Ranbir Singh said at the unprecedented
joint Ministry of Defence-Ministry of External Affairs
press conference that the strikes had been against
terrorist launch pads across the LoC and had inflicted
several casualties on the terrorists. Indian news
reports also confirmed that Pakistani armymen were among
those killed in the
The ISPR has claimed that "Pakistani troops responded befittingly to unprovoked Indian firing on the LoC in Bhimber, Hotspring Kel and Lipa sectors.
Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif condemned the Indian strike, saying the country was prepared to defend itself.