Pakistani troops kill two Indian soldiers near LoC

Indian soldiers were killed while on patrol on the Indian side of the line of control
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First Published: Tue, Jan 08 2013. 08 40 PM IST
A file photo of a BSF soldier standing guard near the fencing along the India-Pakistan border at Wagah. Photo: AFP
A file photo of a BSF soldier standing guard near the fencing along the India-Pakistan border at Wagah. Photo: AFP
Updated: Tue, Jan 08 2013. 11 53 PM IST
New Delhi: Tensions between India and Pakistan rose on Tuesday with the killing of two Indian soldiers by Pakistani troops along the de facto border between the South Asian neighbours in disputed Kashmir, media reports said.
The killing represents a major violation of a ceasefire in place since November 2003. India had described the ceasefire as a key confidence building measure between the two nations that share hostile relations because of competing claims over the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir.
The deaths on Tuesday came after Pakistan on Sunday said that one of its soldiers was killed by Indian firing, with both sides blaming the other for the flare-up.
The Indian soldiers were killed while on patrol on the Indian side of the line of control that divides Kashmir into Indian and Pakistan administered regions.
An Indian army spokesman said that an unspecified number of Pakistani troops entered the Indian side of the Line of Control (LoC), after which a firefight ensued in which the two Indian soldiers were killed and their bodies mutilated.
“We are taking this issue up at the highest level,” the spokesman said, adding that the firing from the Pakistani side was probably an attempt to push militants into Indian Kashmir.
India accuses Pakistan of arming, training and funding insurgent groups fighting Indian troops in Kashmir.
Indian Kashmir has been largely peaceful during the past few years, due to an ongoing peace dialogue between India and Pakistan, which started in 2004 and was briefly interrupted by the 2008 Mumbai attacks.
In December, the Pakistani army violated the ceasefire agreement nearly a dozen times. Most of these firing incidents occurred in Rajouri, Uri and Keran sector to help infiltration attempts, army officials said, according to the Press Trust of India.
Meanwhile, India’s foreign ministry on Tuesday asked Pakistan to uphold the sanctity of the LoC in Kashmir. A day after its deputy high commissioner in Islamabad, Gopal Bagley, was called to the Pakistan foreign office to lodge a protest over what it termed as an “unprovoked Indian attack” on one of its military posts along the LoC, India denied violating the ceasefire, saying Pakistani troops had started “unprovoked firing” on Indian troops, who retaliated.
“We deny that Indian troops had crossed the line of control in the Rampur sector or had violated the ceasefire. The fact is that in the early hours of
6 January, Pakistan troops in the sector commenced unprovoked firing on Indian troops. The roof of a civilian house in Churunda village was damaged in mortar fire from Pakistan. Indian troops undertook controlled retaliation in response,” Syed Akbaruddin, spokesman for the ministry of external affairs, said in a statement.
“We also call upon the Pakistani authorities to ensure that the sanctity of the line of control is upheld at all times and to ensure that such incidents of unprovoked firing across the LoC do not recur,” he said.
“India is strongly committed to the sanctity of the LoC in Jammu & Kashmir, which is the most important Confidence Building Measure (CBM) between the two countries,” the spokesman said, adding that the director-generals for military operations of both sides have spoken to each other on the incident.
On Sunday, Pakistan said Indian troops had crossed the LoC and “raided” a border post, PTI reported.
The incident had resulted in the death of a Pakistani soldier and injuries to another, the report said citing Pakistani officials. The Indian army denied the incident.
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