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Pakistan says soldiers not crossed into Indian Kashmir

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

IIslamabad, July 30, IRNA


Pakistan army said Tuesday that its soldiers had not crossed into the Indian part of Kashmir, which led to exchange of firing by troops of the two countries.

India said on Monday that Pakistani soldiers crossed into its controlled Kashmir and killed one of its soldiers.

But a spokesman for the Pakistan army refuted the Indian Army's claim that Pakistani Troops had crossed 200 meters on the Indian side of the Line of Control (LoC) in Kupwara Sector, Indian-controlled Kashmir which resulted into exchange of fire.

The spokesman said in a statement that no Pakistani soldier had crossed the LoC, which divides the two countries in the disputed Kashmir region.

He said that Indian soldiers 'wanted to establish a forward post in the area on Pakistani side of LoC which was objected by our soldiers'.

"On Pakistan's' objection, Indian troops opened indiscriminate and unprovoked fire".

He said the Indian fire was immediately responded to, adding the firing continued intermittently during the whole night and was still continuing till the issue of this Press Release.

The spokesman condemned the unprovoked firing by the Indian troops and strongly denied the report of any causality on the Pakistani side, the army statement said.

"We have material evidence to suggest that the Indian soldiers had crossed the LoC and wanted to establish a post on the Pakistani side of the LoC".

"After the fire fight, the Indian soldiers were forced to flee from the area leaving behind their weapons," the Pakistani spokesman said.

The evidence will be shown to the Indians during the flag meeting, the spokesman concluded.

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