Ind vs Pak: Leaders talk peace, Jawans exchange fire on LoC

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Updated: Saturday, January 12, 2013, 12:45 [IST]
 
Ind vs Pak: Jawans exchange fire on LoC

New Delhi, Jan 11: Tension between neighbouring countries India and Pakistan has once again escalated. Although political leaders from both countries are trying their best to maintain peace between the two warring countries, conditions are different at LoC.

Media reports suggest that both Indian and Pakistani armies are exchanging bullets on Line of Control (LoC).

Pakistan Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar said she hoped that the ceasefire violations along the LoC would not be a setback to or derail the peace process with India.

Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde said that the Indo-Pakistan visa agreement will not be affected.

However, conditions are different at the border areas. Media reports say Poonch sector witnessed overnight firing from the Pakistan side. Firing has been reported from more than three places along LoC in the Jammu region. India has said the firing was unprovoked.

On Friday, Pakistan said it lost one soldier in the exchange of fire while claiming that the provocation took place from Indian side, which was rejected by Army Headquarters in Delhi.

Moreover, India has strongly reacted after two of its jawans were brutally killed by Pakistani soldiers. Finance Minister P Chidambaram on Thursday refuted Pakistan's claims that India had violated ceasefire norms and that Poonch firing was not an unprovoked incident. "The Indian forces are strictly in accordance with ceasefire norms," he told reporters. He further said that no third party would be allowed to intervene in the issue.

Pakistan had earlier called for UN probe into the incident. Chidambaram, however, said, "We do not believe in internationalising the issue or a UN inquiry. It has been outrightly rejected. The Pakistan commissioner was summoned and we registered our protest." Chidambaram said that the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) had taken a very serious view of the situation.

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