LoC firing: Pakistan serves demarche on Indian envoy Sabharwal

Islamabad, Jan.11 (ANI): Pakistan summoned Indian High Commissioner Sharad Sabharwal to its Foreign Office on Friday and served a demarche on him, questioning the Indian Army's alleged involvement in an incident along the Line of Control (LoC) on Thursday.

The Indian envoy was summoned after India's Defence Minister A.K. Antony said that New Delhi is closely monitoring the entire border with Pakistan and also expressed concern over repeated ceasefire violations by Pakistan troops in Jammu and Kashmir.

Heavy exchange of fire was reported between the two sides yesterday after Pakistan troops attacked the Indian posts in the Poonch and Mendhar sectors in Jammu and Kashmir.

The firing between the two sides lasted for almost two hours and Pakistan, later, claimed that one of its soldiers 'Hawaldar Mohyuddin' was killed in the retaliatory shelling by the Indian side.

Pakistan also accused the Indian side of provocation, which was categorically rejected by Army Headquarters here.

Army, on its part, said that the Pakistani troops' firing started in the Battal area in Poonch sector at 4.30 p.m. Thursday, after which Indian troops gave a measured response.

The firing took place in the area guarded by the 13 Rajputana Rifles, whose two soldiers Lance Naiks Sudhakar Singh and Hemraj were killed and their bodies were mutilated by Pakistani troops, it said.

New Delhi also rejected Pakistan's allegations that its Army transgressed the Line of Control (LoC) in Uri sector on Sunday.

Meanwhile, the Army is also planning to seek a flag meeting between the formation commanders of India and Pakistan deployed along the Poonch sector of Line of Control today. (ANI)


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