Indian forces kill Pakistani soldier on Kashmir border

Indian forces fired across the de facto border in the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir, killing a Pakistani soldier, the Pakistani army said on Sunday.

Indian forces kill Pakistani soldier on Kashmir border

Indian forces fired across the de facto border in the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir, killing a Pakistani soldier, the Pakistani army said on Sunday.

The Pakistani army said Indian forces opened "unprovoked" fire across the so-called Line of Control (LoC) -- which divides Kashmir between India and Pakistan -- in the Battal sector of Pakistan's Rawalakot district, killing one soldier.

"Intermittent firing is continuing in the sector," the army said in a statement.

A strong protest had been lodged with India and an immediate meeting of commanders in the area had been demanded.

Denial

An Indian army spokesman said Indian forces had been "fired at first".

Indian army spokesman Lieutenant-Colonel Biplab Nath said there had been no casualties on the Indian side.

"We were fired on and our troops retaliated. The exchange of fire continued for some time," he said.

Indian and Pakistani troops have observed a truce in Kashmir since November 2003. However, there have been isolated shooting incidents in the past.

India and Pakistan have fought two wars over control of Kashmir _ a territory claimed by both in its entirety _ since their independence from Britain in 1947.

Pakistan supports what it calls a freedom struggle by the people of Kashmir against what it sees as the brutal and illegitimate Indian occupation of the region.

Kashmiris see India as an "occupier" and accuse the ruling of systematic violations, killing dozens of civilians in Himalayan region.

Tens of thousands of Muslims have been killed since pro-independent moves grew against Indian rule in 1989.

In 1948, the United Nations adopted a resolution calling for a referendum for Kashmir to determine whether the Himalayan region should be part of India and Pakistan. But India has rejected to hold referendum in Kashmiri territory.


Agencies

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