In yet another incident of ceasefire violation, a Pakistani soldier who intruded into the Indian territory was killed by the Army in the Naushera sector along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir.
This incident comes a month after Pakistani troops entered Indian territory and killed two Indian soldiers and beheaded one of them.
The Pakistan Army DGMO confirmed the identity of the killed intruder as their soldier and his request for the body to be returned has been accepted by the Indian side, Army spokesperson Col J Dahiya said in New Delhi.
Giving details of the incident, he said, "On Thursday, around 1500 hours, some movement was seen along the LoC in Naushera. On being challenged, the intruder fired at the Indian patrol there. In the ensuing firefight, the intruder in combat uniform was killed and one AK-47 has been recovered from him."
After the incident, Pakistani DGMO on Thursday evening requested an unscheduled conversation with his Indian counterpart and made the call on Friday.
"Today he made the unscheduled call to our DGMO Lt Gen Vinod Bhatia confirming that the intruder was a Pakistani soldier. On his request, the body was returned to the Pakistani side with full military respects due to a soldier," the Army spokesman said.
He said the body was handed over to the Pakistani sector in the Naushera sector in the afternoon.