India had not suffered any casualties in an exchange of fire with Pakistani soldiers recently as claimed by Islamabad, the Indian Army said on Thursday.

The Pakistan military had said on Monday that seven of its soldiers died in an exchange of mortar shells and artillery fire with Indian troops across the de facto border in the disputed Kashmir region.

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Pakistan Army Chief Raheel Shareef later said 11 Indian soldiers had been killed by Pakistani troops in the same exchange.

However India has so far not responded to the comments.

“No fatal casualties due to Pak firing on 14, 15 or 16 Nov. Pak Army Chief claim of killing Indian soldiers on Nov. 14 false,’’ the Indian Army’s Northern Command posted on its official Twitter handle on Thursday.

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Tensions between the two sides and border skirmishes have escalated after 19 Indian soldiers were killed in Kashmir in September.

India blamed that attack on a jihadist group allegedly operating from Pakistan, but Islamabad denied the charge.

Pakistan warned India on Monday against an escalation of border tensions after the soldiers were killed, saying a conflict between the nuclear-armed countries could result in “unspeakable consequences.”

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Pakistan and India have fought three wars since they gained independence from British colonial rule in 1947.

Two of the wars were over Kashmir, a region divided between the two sides but claimed by both in its entirety. (dpa/NAN)

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