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Pakistan protests Indian border ceasefire violation


11:25, January 15, 2013

ISLAMABAD, Jan. 14 (Xinhua) -- Pakistan defense officials Monday lodged protest with Indian military over the "continuous ceasefire violation including an attempted raid by Indian troops" along the Line of Control (LoC), the de facto border between the two countries in the disputed Kashmir region, the military said.

Pakistan and India accused each other of violation of the 2003 ceasefire following exchange of firing over the past week, which claimed lives of four soldiers on both sides.

In order to reduce tension, military officials of the two sides met along the LoC, the second contact between them since the first clash last week.

The Pakistan army said that the Brigadier Level Flag Meeting was held at Chakan da Bagh in Poonch Sector on LoC.

"Pakistan strongly protested with Indian Military Authorities about continuous cease fire violations including an attempted raid by Indian troops on LoC during last one week," a Pakistan's army statement said.

The statement said that Pakistani side told the Indian officials that Indian troops killed two Pakistani soldiers, Havildar Ghulam Mohyuddin and Naik Muhammad Aslam, while one soldier, Sepoy Waseem, was injured.

Indian army has also accused Pakistani troops of ceasefire violation and incursion into its part of Kashmir, killing two of its soldiers.

But Pakistani officials have rejected the Indian claim and the military officials rejected the allegation on Monday.

"During the Flag Meeting, Pakistan strongly rejected the Indian allegations that Pakistani troops resorted to unprovoked fire, attacked any Indian Post or killed Indian soldiers," the statement from the Inter-Services Public Relations said.

As the tension increased in recent days, a diplomatic war also started and both sides summoned their ambassadors for lodging formal protest.

Islamabad proposed UN investigation into the ceasefire violation but the New Delhi rejected the offer, saying it's a bilateral issue and will be resolved bilaterally.

A top Pakistani official briefed European diplomats in Islamabad last week and reiterated the country's offer to hold an independent inquiry into the recent incidents of ceasefire violations through the United Nations Military Observers Group for India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP).

Pakistan-India tension has raised worldwide concerns, which led to calls for restraint from important capitals.

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