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Pakistani Soldier Killed in Cross-Border Firing

by AFP
Tauseef Mustafa—AFP

Tauseef Mustafa—AFP

Incident at Line of Control is latest in recent exchanges of fire between neighboring countries.

A Pakistani soldier was killed on Thursday in firing by Indian troops in the disputed Kashmir region, the military said.

Recent exchanges of fire across the de facto border between India and Pakistan in Kashmir, which both countries administer in part but claim in full, have killed at least 20 civilians and forced thousands to flee their homes. A military statement said: “Indian troops resorted to unprovoked firing” at the Line of Control in the Pandu sector near Muzaffarabad on Thursday evening. “A Pakistan Army solder embraced shahadat. Pakistani troops befittingly responded to Indian firing,” it added.

The neighboring countries, who have fought two wars over Muslim-majority Kashmir, have traded blame for the upsurge in firing and shelling which started on Oct. 6. India called off peace talks in August after Pakistan first consulted Kashmiri separatists, a move some saw as a sign of a tougher stance by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s new rightwing government.

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