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Photo shows an Indian army soldier standing guard while patrolling near the Line of Control (LoC) in Kashmir.—Reuters Photo
Photo shows an Indian army soldier standing guard while patrolling near the Line of Control (LoC) in Kashmir.—Reuters Photo

ISLAMABAD: Pakistani military officials on Thursday said Indian troops opened fire and seriously wounded a male civilian along the Line of Control (LoC) in Kashmir.

Officials said Indian troops opened fire at around 8:30 am in the Tatta Pani sector, “seriously” wounding one civilian who was evacuated to a military hospital.

“Today (in the) morning at about 0830 hours, Indian troops resorted to unprovoked firing at the LoC (Line of Control) ... One civilian Kaka Sana Muhammad ... was seriously wounded due to the unprovoked firing by Indian troops,” the official said.

“The injured Kaka Sana is being evacuated to a military hospital,” said the source who spoke on condition of anonymity.

The incident comes amid a recent spike in tension across the heavily militarised border as India accused Pakistani forces of being involved in an attack on one of its army posts in which five of its soldiers were killed.

“The attack was carried out by 20 heavily-armed terrorists, along with persons in Pakistani army uniform,” said Indian Defence Minister A.K. Antony.

Pakistan rejected the allegations and reiterated its commitment to a ceasefire agreement reached in 2003.

“These are baseless and unfounded allegations. Our military authorities have confirmed that there had been no exchange of fire that could have resulted in such an incident,” a Foreign Office statement on the reported LoC incident said on Tuesday.

On Wednesday, Pakistan asked Indian authorities to beef up security for its diplomats and high commission staff after a demonstration outside the Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi on Wednesday over the killing of the Indian soldiers.

The military operations chiefs of the two countries also spoke to each other over the hotline in an attempt to calm down tensions.

Under the Nov 25, 2003 ceasefire agreement, Pakistan and India committed not to target each other’s posts and personnel.

The agreement has largely held and was considered as one of the main successes in the peace process. However, violations increased in January this year and have been holding up the third round of the resumed peace dialogue between the two countries.

The two sides are now preparing to restart the round and dates for talks on Wullar Barrage and Sir Creek have been proposed by Pakistan.

Analysts say the attack has also complicated efforts to arrange a meeting between India’s veteran Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Pakistani premier Nawaz Sharif.

The picturesque Himalayan territory of Kashmir is divided between India and Pakistan by the UN-monitored LoC, the de facto border, but is claimed in full by both countries.

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Comments (12) Closed

Indian Aug 08, 2013 04:24pm

What business a male civilian got to be at LoC?

Madhukar Aug 08, 2013 04:48pm

I am glad that India has shown maturity. Not many country would have kept quiet after 5 of their soldiers killed. I wish both the countries resolve their issues peacefully.

Nick Aug 08, 2013 06:10pm

What is a civilian doing at LOC?

Jamadar Aug 08, 2013 07:49pm

Good Question..

Jamadar Aug 08, 2013 08:28pm

@Nick: He was crossing the border to buy next sessions IPL ticket.ha ha ha ha

Avik Roy Aug 08, 2013 11:31pm

Pakistani military/ diplomatic and political leadership are known to be compulsive liars throughout the world. This fact is mentioned every now and then in the western media. Western diplomats mention that while some amount of lying for the sake of the country is acceptable, Pakistani diplomats lie so blatantly that go way beyond the norm.

Sheikh Aug 09, 2013 01:13am

@Indian : Probably he lives there? LoC passes very close by villages and local farms at some places. My family farm is one such where the Indian side is a few yards away.

Pakistani Aug 09, 2013 01:32am

Well you cannot call it Kashmir 'border' as it is Line of Control (LoC) completely different scenario. Furthermore, the Pakistani official said Indian soldiers shot the civilian, named Kaka Sana, at about 8:30 a.m., calling it an unprovoked firing. Mr. Sana was in Tattapani, a sector on the Pakistani side of the de facto border, and has been taken to a military hospital in Kotli, the official said. So it's not actually on the LoC.

Igloo Aug 09, 2013 02:18am

@Nick: They live there. On the Pakistani side things are very relaxed viz a viz personal freedoms. The civilians have small holdings that they use to eke out a living and do not want to move.

Nadeem Aug 09, 2013 06:03am

@Nick: Trying to sneak in across the border ? as usual , I guess

Hassan Aug 09, 2013 09:24am

@Indian : Brother even though I am a Pakistani but I am wondering the same thing... your question is absolutely spot on, what is civilian doing on the LoC and how come Pakistani Army allow any civilian to come closer to the LoC. I do believe that the LoC is a controlled and restricted area.

blazblu Aug 10, 2013 08:40am

Ever hear Indian army personnel crossing line of border either into China or Pakistan and killing innocent civilians ?? Well I haven't yet. But if YOU do, then refer me the links. I ask wholeheartedly.

Also if you look at it the scenario of both Pakistan and China, both are in harassing mode right now, testing the waters if you will. Soon they will attack, and this time together.