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LoC firing: Pakistan Army captain killed


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Recent weeks have seen an escalation in tensions between the two South Asian neighbours, with several soldiers killed on both sides of the border.—File photo
Recent weeks have seen an escalation in tensions between the two South Asian neighbours, with several soldiers killed on both sides of the border.—File photo

ISLAMABAD: A Pakistani army officer was killed and a soldier wounded after an exchange of fire across the de facto border with India, the Pakistani military said.

The Pakistan army said in a statement that Captain Sarfraz was killed “due to Indian troops' unprovoked shelling at Shakma sector on line of control.”

According to the statement, another soldier was also seriously injured when Indian forces opened fire at Shakma sector near the town of Skardu on Tuesday night at 11:15pm local time.

Pakistani troops responded to the firing and exchange of fire continued for several hours after midnight, said the sources.

Meanwhile, Pakistan's foreign ministry late Wednesday said the Indian deputy high commissioner in Islamabad was summoned and “a strong protest was lodged over the unprovoked firing by Indian army soldiers”.

“Pakistan conveyed its serious concern on the continued violations of the ceasefire across the LoC by the Indian Army over the past few weeks and the escalation of tensions,” the statement said, calling upon India “to take serious and credible measures to prevent further ceasefire violations and reduce tensions”.

An Indian army official told news agency AFP that he had no information about the incident or the casualties reported.

Recent weeks have seen an escalation in tensions between the two South Asian neighbours, with several soldiers killed on both sides of the border, which either side declares to be unilateral violations of a 2003 ceasefire by the other country.

The renewed tensions have jeopardised plans for what the two governments hoped might be a breakthrough encounter between Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his Indian counterpart Manmohan Singh on the sidelines of a UN meeting in New York next month.

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Saadat Chandia Aug 21, 2013 02:52pm

The Captain was martyred and he should have been called likeswise instead of being described as killed because it was Indian government which annexed on the Muslim majority state of Kashmir in connivance with the British government.

Sonal Aug 21, 2013 02:53pm

Terrible! Both sides seem to be doing nothing other than provocative media releases!!

Mishra Aug 21, 2013 02:58pm

loss of lives from both side is really sad,insanity is prevailing in both the countries.A lot of countries will be happy to see us fight each other.

A Shah Aug 21, 2013 04:57pm

India will not let us off the hook that easy!

ali khan Aug 21, 2013 05:26pm

our pm says trade will not get effected. he cant stand up for Pakistan. if he cant back our troops who are putting their lives on the line for this nation. maybe he should be sent packing. and maybe Musharraf should be back in control. or someone with will to stand up to this indian aggression

Sarmad Aug 21, 2013 05:37pm

It is "Martyred" not Killed ! Our Soldiers and jawans get martyred not killed. Please rectify

Keen observer Aug 21, 2013 05:49pm

Pakistan should call off on attempts of negotiation with India India has shown no serious attempts towards peace and use Pakistan as a political tool.

Death of the captain, if correct, should be condemned on international level with strong words.

M Khan Aug 21, 2013 06:03pm

Army Captain embraced shahadat ..not killed..Allah (swt) bless him..Ameen

Smith73 Aug 21, 2013 06:03pm

Both nations need to grow up, This madness must stop and both must understand this region is poorest in the world and can't afford war which will be disastrous for both of hem.

M.Saad Aug 21, 2013 06:19pm

He was a soldier on duty and he was 'Martyred' not 'killed', kindly make the correction.

a Aug 21, 2013 06:40pm

Pakistan should reply in FULL force to this aggression. Pakistan needs to send a clear message that such unprovoked aggression will NOT be tolerated at any cost. Every soldier's life is dear to us and this incident should be forgotten.

Hassan Aug 21, 2013 06:45pm

Sorry to hear. Yet Indian media keeps mum on this as well as other reports when there is a Pakistani casualty.

Hiba Aug 21, 2013 06:57pm

Thank you for your service. May Allah (SWT) grant you jannah for being a shaheed.

Now, I will wait for our NRI friends who seem to have an unhealthy obsession for visiting a Pakistani news site vote this down.

DJ Aug 21, 2013 07:00pm

What else do you expect.fault lies on both sides

Niran Aug 21, 2013 07:06pm

U get what you give.. So my advice is, do good to others & get good in return.. SIMPLE...........

Osama Malik Aug 21, 2013 07:18pm

Why say "killed," why not "martyred"?

no1 Aug 21, 2013 07:50pm

"Killed"? Shame on you liberal fascists.

A Shah Aug 21, 2013 08:35pm

We will pay heavy for crossing swords with India!

Shahid Abdullah Aug 21, 2013 08:55pm

So sad to see that the day has come when a Pakistani soldier who lost his life by Indian firing is reported as "killed"and not "martyred".

jamal Aug 21, 2013 09:54pm

I am sadden to hear this but hold responsible our army which constantly targeting India for their own selfish agenda and keep the peace process/talk at bay. Shouldn't we try to talk and have resolved the issue and be friends like USA and Canada? Lets put the religion and other interest aside and work for the betterment of our nation and its people.

Dr.H.Mohan Aug 21, 2013 10:14pm

Both India and Pakistan need to focus on economy and welfare of their people.In times to come, if this continues - ultimate sufferers will not be the politicians but the people of India and Pakistan.

Steven stigling Aug 21, 2013 10:15pm

This report is incorrect. I've been following this news and I know that Pakistan has been violating the ceasefire. So they cannot blame it on India for their retaliation.

Mazhar Aug 21, 2013 11:07pm

Administrator of the site, plz write the army captain has embraced shahdhat.....not killed...,,At-least we should not have any doubt that individuals fighting on our eastern border are fighting for a just cause and if they sacrifice their lives, i.e. shaheed......

Salman Ali Rai Aug 21, 2013 11:53pm

Pakistani Captain was martyred. Please be careful with the words you chose. Also, highly disappointed to see the lack of media attention on this.

Ahmer Aug 22, 2013 12:28am

My salute to the Shahid.

GPR FIX Aug 22, 2013 05:37am

@Saadat Chandia:

There is no state called State of Kashmir, valley of Kashmir is part of the State of Jammu, Kashmir and Laddakh.

Rajan Panda Aug 22, 2013 05:54am

The Pakistan Army motivated by their desire to bring Kashmir, relatively calm for last few years, back on the burner is very explainable. The shifting of NATO and USA troops from Afghanistan will need the Jihadi focus to be redirected so as to keep the considerable terror network engaged. This would otherwise create havoc internally as even now TTP has proved to be an intractable problem for Pak security forces and add to that the whole gamut of groups that Pak has been nurturing. Besides the biggest unifying factor that has kept Pak together so far is it's jealousy, hatred towards India and by rekindling the Kashmir issue would make sense. The recent warning emanating from Army to reassign part of it's forces from Af-Pak border to the eastern front is part of this gameplan. There is saying" Keep your friends close enemies closer" bears relevance to Indian Army and MEA. While strong campaign of retaliation for every violation with intention to wipe out the posts and personnel must continue to make Pak army realize the grievous consequence of it's infidelity and the change in Indian attitude albeit prompted by the approaching elections. However Indian Army must prepare for lot worse which would keep the LOC alive and infiltration attempts getting more aggravated including elements of battle hardened Alquida and Taliban elements being pushed into Kashmir. Keep the USA advice at bay which as always works out to the detriment of Indian interest.and as it is the root culprit for India to be in this juncture is USA which midway in it's war against terror has lost steam.

Ramesh Aug 22, 2013 06:24am

@Saadat Chandia: Well, why do you say India annexed it. During 1947 if Pakistan had shown some patience & waited for international support it could have got Kashmir based on two nation theory. Instead Pakistan sent tribal people with army regulars and then India got the Maharaj Hari Singh's letter of accession to the Indian union and India acted accordingly. History cannot be changed but if Pakistan had shown more patience, Kashmir would have been part of Pakistan. Now I don't think the status quo will ever change. A lot has happened in 66 years.

Omer Aug 22, 2013 07:18am

@Saadat Chandia: Looks like our indian 'friends' did not like your comment.

Naveen Chauhan Aug 22, 2013 07:27am

Do not know who is correct. Here india says pakistan army provoked the firing, while pakistan says Indian army is provoking firing. Finish it off man anyhow.....

Secular Aug 22, 2013 08:57am

@A Shah: 7th century India was invaded by other religion, they settled here, converted forcefully local people and then asked for separation. that,s how Pakistan has been created if Kashmir occupancy is illegal , be sure 1400 yrs occupancy on Indian land was also illegal and you got the land. Luck!! Rent a home and grab a home. Indian rulers fought with outsider (M) as a enemy, if they had treated outsider (M) as religion threat , be sure all together they have fought and scene must have been different. We as a religion never dominates some one and its treated as weakness. History can not be changed but piece of advice for you to live in real world. forget Kashmir and focus on developing Pakistan.

nazir ahmad Aug 22, 2013 09:05am

Armies of both countries have no regard for the centiments of people of two neighbouring countries who want peace only.

nazir ahmad Aug 22, 2013 09:08am

People want peace


Janan Aug 22, 2013 09:27am

Well seems like DIVIDE AND RULE is working excellent, its ok if we have 2 countries now, but we should behave better, leave this religion thing on the side, Goras must be so excited seeing all this. Sad news of dead soldiers on both sides, God bless these 2 countries.

Indian Aug 22, 2013 02:58pm

@Janan: Agree with you, foreign powers are taking benefit of the fight between India and pakistan, we should stop fighting and eradicate terrorism.

Imran Khan Aug 22, 2013 03:05pm

@A Shah: We our paying for our misdeeds...we have always tried to send terrorists across the border...we must no that war with India will only lead to our defeat...we have lost all wars with India...lets face it we can't fight them...we should

Sonal Aug 23, 2013 12:19am

Dono mulk jhootey. Pakistan bhi jhoota, India bhi jhoota. Aur dono mulko ke log bewaquf.

Chirag Aug 23, 2013 10:05am

People who are spreading hatred between the two countries should read the comments section on this newspaper. In no comment do i feel that there is any hatred, everyone wants peace. My condolence for the Martyred soldier.

Javed Aug 23, 2013 10:36am

@a: Right now Indians are replying in full force. They have permission from their Defense Minister to take action at the border. I wonder if our Army started this and is now using Foreign office to bring down the temperature.

Shubs Aug 23, 2013 11:11am

@Secular: Pakistan's existence as a nation is recent, India's existence as a nation is recent, and the problems between the two are recent. I don't think it is worth going back to ancient history. How far back in time do you want to go? Human history is the story of migrations and settlements.

Yes, 7th century invasion and all that. Consider it done and finished. What is there today is the reality. Deal with it in today's terms.

ameeds Aug 23, 2013 12:23pm

@Secular: That is why for centuries, there were no hindus, sikhs, christians or other religions in Indian sub-continent. After all, forcefully converting would suggest that all non-muslims were converted. So who are all these non-muslims today in India. Figment of your imagination. Don't twist the facts. Peace is difficult to achieve but it is negativity that continues killing on both sides. There is a saying, 'either you are part of the problem or part of the solution', you seems to be leaning towards the first part.

ignorantways Aug 23, 2013 12:43pm

Lets Talk with India Lets Crush Taliban

at both ends , army captains and lower rank army men being killed and will be killed.

Ravi Ingale from Pune Aug 23, 2013 03:30pm

only one??? we want 4-more.

A.Thirugnanasambantham Aug 23, 2013 06:57pm

@nazir ahmad:

It is heartening to note still there are a lot of saner and moderate voices prevailing in both sides of the border without getting carried away by the media vehemence.I believe it requires six of one side and half a dozen of other for the repeated violation of the fragile ceasefire along the de-facto border.It is time the policy makers from both side shed hawkishness and sincerely strive for peace

Rao Aug 23, 2013 08:30pm

@nazir ahmad: But your Army thinks it becomes irrelevant if there is peace with India....that the crux of the problem

Ad Aug 24, 2013 05:28am

@ Ravi, sadist person you are!