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The photo shows an Indian soldier near the Line of Control. — File/Reuters
The photo shows an Indian soldier near the Line of Control. — File/Reuters

ISLAMABAD: A Pakistan army soldier was killed and another was seriously injured in “unprovoked” firing by Indian troops from across the Line of Control (LoC) in the disputed region of Kashmir, the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said.

The incident took place on Rawlakot’s Nezapir sector near the LoC at about 10:30 am on Saturday.

Soldier Asim Iqbal was killed in the firing and soldier Naik Mohammad Khan was critically wounded.

The Pakistani foreign office strongly condemned the shooting, saying it was "unfortunate that such an incident should have taken place at a time when the two governments are making sincere efforts towards improving relations."

“Pakistan calls upon the Government of India to carry out a thorough investigation into this grave incident and to ensure that such occurrences do not take place,” said the foreign office in a statement.

Meanwhile, the Indian army blamed Pakistani troops for violating the ceasefire.

"Pakistani troops have targeted Indian posts by firing rocket-propelled grenades and heavy machine guns along the [Line of Control] in Doda Battalion forward area in Poonch district since 7:30 a.m. local time today," the Press Trust of India quoted an unidentified senior Army officer as saying.

Kashmir is divided between Pakistan and India along the UN-monitored, Line of Control, but both countries claim the region in full and have fought two of their three wars over it.

India and Pakistan regularly accuse each other of violating a ceasefire along the LoC, which has largely held since 2003.

Tensions spiked between New Delhi and Islamabad early this year when a total of six soldiers were killed in exchanges along the de facto border in Kashmir.

Four of the soldiers killed were from Pakistan while two were from India.

One of the Indians was beheaded allegedly by Pakistanis, a charge rejected by Islamabad.

Comments (17) Closed

Kaiser Jul 27, 2013 02:22pm

Newton's third law of motion states that every action has an opposite and an equal reaction.

Netizen Jul 27, 2013 02:44pm

India & Pakistan should consider a India -China like treaty which has been successful in avoiding firing despite confrontations.

Kushal Jul 27, 2013 03:12pm

Very sad. Indian news agencies are saying Pakistan started unprovoked firing and Pakistani news agencies are saying the opposite. Dont know when this gun culture would stop,

Ragu Jul 27, 2013 03:28pm

Both India and Pakistan have huge problems to solve instead of killing each other's soldiers.

Suraj Jul 27, 2013 06:17pm

May his soul rest in peace. Such things doesn't happen across India China border or India Srilanka or India Bangladesh or India Nepal or India Bhutan borders. These things can be corrected and should be corrected.

Virat Jul 27, 2013 06:21pm

Shame on India and Pakistan same things happening again and again across the border between India and Pakistan and which leads to heightened tensions and Jingoism which is unwarranted. Where is Aman Ki Asha?

Azee9 Jul 27, 2013 07:02pm

Times of India reports that Pakistan Army initiated the conflict. The news should be clarified and ISPR should strongly condemn TOI report if its not true.

ali khan Jul 27, 2013 07:45pm

the joys on aman ki asha!!

Amer Jul 27, 2013 08:08pm

Typical india they have problems with everyone the Kasmir issue the Sino-Indian border issue some other regional issue's with small border states like Bhutan,Tibbet etc. the western media is is keeping their eye's shut because the U.S needs India to rival China but hopefully these issue's will be addressed

saad Jul 27, 2013 08:23pm

pakistan should cut diplomatic ties with india. india will never make peace with pakistan. no point of aman kie aisha

aysha Jul 27, 2013 08:57pm

Writer has mentioned that pakistani soldier killed by "un provoked" firing. But the next headline in the dawn talks about an Indian soldier killed on the same border. Its confusing....which country's soldier was killed first?

Abdul Jul 27, 2013 09:35pm

Its a lie.....the soldier was not got killed by Indian army but a jihadi. Don't mislead...we will achieve nothing by doing this.

Juan Smith Jul 28, 2013 07:49am

Hi-tech solution to "he saiid - she said" accusations is armed UN drones that fire on any ground forces that fire weapons. Hence, a neutral enforcer of a weapons-freezone. Those opposed can "talk to the hand", as Arnold would say.

Ravi Ingale from University of Pune Jul 28, 2013 02:09pm

Pakistan have so much internal security and Energy crisis problem.

Its just like instead of giving food and cloths to the family, Man of the family have wish to purchase new land.

Anoop Jul 28, 2013 07:11pm

Its Summer time, the snow would have cleared and the time is ripe for infiltration. Cover fire is needed for that and that is what is happening.

Cover fire can only be given by the Pakistani side.

This goes to show that the Pakistani establishment despite all the noises of friendship has not changed its stance one bit. This also goes to show who rules in Pakistan - The Army. They are still the boss and Nawaz Shariff can never order the Army to stop helping Infiltrators. This means the Democracy in Pakistan is simply a wasted exercise.

Anidesh Jul 29, 2013 10:09am

@Amer: And Pakistan is the most peaceful country in the world ! No internal problem , no external problem like India !

Vijay Jul 29, 2013 03:18pm

@aysha: A very rare question asked by a Pakistani.