Indian Soldier Shot Dead On Kashmir Border: Army

1 September 2009
AFP


Srinagar: An Indian soldier was killed Tuesday when Pakistani troops fired at Indian positions across the de facto border dividing Kashmir between the two countries, the Indian army said. The incident took place in mountainous Mendhar district, about 450 kilometres (280 miles) south of Indian Kashmir's summer capital Srinagar. 'The soldier died in firing from across the Line of Control (LOC). Apparently it was Pakistani soldiers who targeted our positions,' an army spokesman said. India and Pakistan have fought two wars over Muslim-majority Kashmir, which is held in part by each country but claimed in full by both. They agreed to a ceasefire along the Line of Control border in 2003 and started a peace process in 2004. Since then there have been sporadic clashes, and both countries have accused each other of violating the ceasefire. 'It is another case of ceasefire violation by Pakistan and we will soon lodge a strong protest,' the Indian army spokesman said. Pakistan denies Indian accusations of arming and funding the Islamic militants, who have been waging a rebellion in Indian Kashmir since 1989 that has left more than 47,000 people dead, according to an official tally.