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Pakistan Army denies cross LoC attack


AGENCIES | Islamabad, January 9, 2013 14:55
Tags : LoC | Line of Control | Pakistani soldiers | | Pakistani army violation | Indian soldiers killed |

Pakistan Army denies cross LoC attackThe Pakistani military rejected the Indian Army's contention that Pakistani troops had killed two Indian soldiers after crossing the Line of Control, saying the accusation was aimed at diverting attention from another incident over the weekend.

A Pakistani military official, who did not want to be named, denied an "Indian allegation of unprovoked firing" along the LoC.

The official added: "It looks like Indian propaganda to divert the attention of the world from Sunday's raid on a Pakistani post by Indian troops in which a Pakistani soldier was killed".

The official said authorities had checked with commanders on the ground and ascertained that Pakistani forces had not crossed the LoC or carried out any raid.

"These are baseless allegations," he claimed.

The Indian Defence Ministry described the killing of the two soldiers by Pakistani forces as a "provocative action" and said New Delhi would take up the issue with Islamabad.

"The government of India considers the incident as a provocative action and we condemn it. Directors General of Military Operations of the two countries are in touch over it," the Defence Ministry said in a statement.

"The government will take up the incident with Pakistan government. We expect Islamabad to honour the ceasefire agreement strictly," the statement said.

In what was described as a "provocative" attack by India, Pakistani soldiers crossed into Indian territory in Poonch sector of Jammu and Kashmir and ambushed an Indian patrol killing two soldiers, one of whom was decapitated.

Reports said Pakistani troops entered about 100 metres into Indian territory and ambushed an Indian Army patrol.

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