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Fresh firing on Indian troops from across LoC
August 06, 2008 18:55 IST
"Since it was a short duration firing, the Army troops at the post could not ascertain if it came from the Pakistani Army or terrorists," Army spokesperson in Srinagar [Images] Lt Col A K Mathur told PTI.
The firing from across the border took place at 1215 hours.
Only a fortnight ago, a group of 12 Pakistani regulars had crossed the LoC at Nowgam and fired at an Indian post killing a jawan.
The provocation from the Pakistani Army led to a retaliatory fire from Indian troops that continued for about 16 hours overnight and resulted in the death of four Pakistani soldiers.
Following the incident, Defence Minister A K Antony, in a strongly-worded statement, had called upon Pakistan to respect the ceasefire agreement of November 2003 and to sort out difference regarding the violations at appropriate level meetings for which a mechanism was already in place.
In most of the cross-border firing this year, the Pakistani Army has been directly involved, according to Indian Army officials.
It has been assessed that the cross-border firings were an attempt to distract the troops when terrorists infiltrated into Jammu and Kashmir from across the LoC.
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