November 2001 News

India says Pak firing violates Simla pact

6 November 2001
The Indian Express

Srinagar: Indian defence authorities on Tuesday accused Pakistan of violating a nearly 30-year-old peace agreement by what it said was unprovoked firing across the Line of Control. It said an Indian and two Pakistani soldiers were killed on Monday in fresh exchange of fire between the two countries. A soldier was killed and another was wounded on Monday evening when Pakistani troops fired mortars and rocket propelled grenades on Indian army positions in Leepa valley, north of Srinagar. Army retaliated with small arms firing, a defence statement said. ''Pakistan army carried out unprovoked firing on Indian positions... These incidents were hostile acts in clear violation of clause 1 and 4 of the Shimla Agreement between the two countries,'' the statement added. India and Pakistan signed the Simla peace agreement after the 1971 war ''to resolve their differences by peaceful means through bilateral negotiations or by any other peaceful means mutually agreed upon between them.''


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