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January 9, 2013

India says two soldiers killed in clash with Pakistan

January 9, 2013

Pakistan denies launching ‘unprovoked’ attack
ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Army has denied that it launched an unprovoked attack that killed two Indian soldiers in Kashmir on Tuesday.
The Indian Army said that the Pakistanis had violated the ceasefire along the heavily militarised Line of Control dividing the disputed territory of Kashmir. But a Pakistani army spokesman said in a text message “Pakistan military officials deny Indian allegation of unprovoked firing”.
The allegation follows another disputed incident on Sunday, when Pakistan said Indian army troops attacked their base and killed a soldier. India said they had not launched an attack and that Pakistani troops bombarded their positions for more than five hours.
The firefight broke out at about noon on Tuesday (0630 GMT) after an Indian patrol discovered Pakistani troops about half a kilometre inside Indian territory, army spokesman Rajesh Kalia told AFP. “The government of India considers the incident as a provocative action and we condemn it,” said a statement from India’s defence ministry over the latest clash. “The government will take up the incident with the Pakistan government.”
“There was a firefight with Pakistani troops,” Kalia said, confirming the names of the men as sergeants Hemraj Singh and Sudhakar Singh.“We lost two soldiers and one of them has been badly mutilated,” he added, declining to give more details on the injuries.
In Islamabad, a Pakistan military spokesman denied what he called an “Indian allegation of unprovoked firing”, adding that the Indian account was “propaganda to divert the attention of the world from Sunday’s raid on a Pakistani post”.
The chief minister of the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir, Omar Abdullah, condemned the alleged mutilation as “unacceptable in any civilised society”. “Clearly someone up the chain of command (in Pakistan) wants to do everything to derail any dialogue between the two

countries,” he wrote on Twitter.

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