The Indian Army has claimed that Pakistani troops infiltrated to its side of
the line of control in Kashmir on Monday and fired at its border post killing an
Indian soldier. Pakistani officials have denied their troops crossed the border
and blame India for border provocations. The two sides have since exchanged fire
for over twelve hours. Shahnawaz Khan reports for VOA from Srinagar.
In the latest allegations of ceasefire violations along the Kashmir
border, the Indian army said Monday that a group of Pakistani troops infiltrated
to its side of the line of control that divides Kashmir between the two nuclear
neighbors. Pakistan disputes that version of events and says Indian troops
wanted to establish a forward observation post on the border and they objected.
The Indian Army spokesman in Srinagar, A K Mathur, told VOA that
Pakistani troops had infiltrated to the Indian side on Monday and fired weapons
"At around 3 O clock we saw some movement of troops of
10 to 12 in uniform, - these Pakistani soldiers - in our side of line of
control. When our patrol party were approaching them they fired and killed one
of our soldiers and ran back to their side of line of control [and] from their
post started firing at us. So we also retaliated," he said.
denied that allegation and insists that Indian troops resorted to unprovoked
firing on their border posts.
Despite recent skirmishes and complaints
about violations, a ceasefire has largely held on the line of control in Kashmir
since 2003. Up until that time India and Pakistan regularly exchanged heavy
fire. Nearly a dozen Muslim rebel groups have been fighting since 1989 for
Kashmir's independence from India or its merger with Pakistan.