Director General Military Operations (DGMO) Pakistan Army Major-Gen Sahir Shamshad Mirza during his weekly hotline contact with his Indian
counterpart, accepted that Indian Army had been successful in interdicting movement along Neelam valley. He cited the incident where a Pak Army Vehicle skidded and fell into Neelam River after being hit by Indian Army’s firing, resulting in the death
of four Pak soldiers. Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) in a statement said that thee director general notified Pakistan’s demarche to his Indian counterpart to protest deliberate targeting of Pakistan Army’s vehicle on Sunday, resulting in
martyrdom of four soldiers, besides injuring two other people. He emphasised the importance of controlling tactical actions of under-command troops, since these indiscretions could potentially spiral major standoffs. He said that such acts have the potential
to escalate, which he said would be extremely detrimental to peace and stability. He also made it clear that while the Pakistan Army had been exercising restraint, recurrence of any such incident in future could leave it with no choice but to respond with
further "strong and effective" steps. “While we don’t want to go down the path where we start choking each other’s supply lines; however, any such recurrence will invoke more strong and effective measures from Pakistan’s side,”
the DGMO Pakistan Army added.
Mean while, unrelenting Indian shelling from across the Line of Control (LoC) left two civilians dead
and at least 13 others wounded in two different sectors of POK. The casualties occurred in the Samahni sector of Bhimber district and the Nakyal sector of Kotli district as per Deputy Commissioner (DC) Chaudhry Guftar Hussain.