Sporadic Clashes Continue On Kashmir Border: Indian Army

28 July 2008

Srinagar: Sporadic clashes between Indian and Pakistani troops continued along their Kashmir frontline Tuesday, a day after an exchange of fire left one Indian soldier dead, an army spokesman said. On Monday a group of Pakistani troops crossed into the Indian part of disputed Kashmir and shot dead an Indian soldier, sparking the gun battle, according to the Indian army. 'The exchange of fire continued throughout the night and intermittent firing is still on,' army spokesman Anil Kumar Mathur told AFP. 'We will be able to hold a flag meeting with Pakistanis over the incident only after the firing stops,' he said. The complaint of an incursion by Pakistani troops is the first to be made by India since 1999, when the two nuclear-armed nations fought a mini-war in the Kargil peaks along their heavily militarised de facto border dividing Kashmir. India and Pakistan fought two of their three wars over Kashmir since their independence in 1947 and came dangerously close to a full-scale conflict in 1999 when New Delhi accused Islamabad of pushing troops into its Kargil peaks.