India claims killing Pakistani officer, ISPR denies
28 July 2006
The Daily Times
Srinagar: The Indian army said on Friday that a Pakstani officer had been shot dead on its side of the Line of Control (LoC), citing the incident as proof Pakistans army was involved in the regions insurgency. Mohammad Hyder Turkey alias Abu Bilal, identified as a serving major in Nine Baloch Battalion of Pakistan Army, was killed along with two Pakistani militants on Wednesday in Kashmirs northern Gurez sector, army spokesman Lieutenant Colonel VK Batra told AFP. He identified the other two militants killed in the operation as Mohammad Qasim Khan and Mohammad Ayub Khan, both residents of Pakistan. Meanwhile, armed forces spokesman Maj Gen Shuakat Sultan denied that a Pakistan Army officer had been killed. Talking to Geo television on Friday evening, Sultan called the claim by the Indian Army a concocted and fake story and said that the officer mentioned in the story was in Pakistan and serving in Quetta.