- Pak army chief says 40 Indian soldiers killed, 11 on Monday
- Army dismisses claim immediately
- Pak held massive army drill near Punjab border yesterday
On Monday, Pakistan, in a rare admission of casualties, said seven of its soldiers had died as a result of India fire across the Line of Control in Kashmir.
Yesterday, at a large military exercise, dubbed "Strike of Thunder" and held near the border in Punjab, the Pakistani army chief General Raheel Sharif claimed that in the current escalation of military aggression along the Line of Control, India has lost a total of 40 soldiers, including 11 on Monday.
The army has said that statement is "false."
Mr Sharif, in a veiled warning to India, saying that Pakistan would deliver a "befitting response" to any hostile enemy action.
India accused Pakistan of funding and inciting the violence.
Then, in September, Pakistani terrorists attacked an army base at Uri in Kashmir, killing 19 soldiers. A few days later, India retaliated by sending soldiers across the Line of Control to target staging areas for terrorists. Pakistan denies the cross-border raids but has increased heavy shelling and firing and India has made it clear that it will retaliate with heavy weaponry, if needed