Pakistan denies killing Indian soldiers

Islamabad, Aug 6 (IANS) The Pakistani military Tuesday denied the Indian army's claim that Pakistani forces attacked an Indian post and killed five soldiers in Jammu and Kashmir.

India accused Pakistani troops of intruding into Indian territory and attacking the Sarla post along the Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch sector Monday night.

Pakistan officials told media that Pakistani forces were not involved in any firing at any Indian post, Xinhua reported.

"No such incident has taken place on the LoC," an official with the army's Inter-Services Public Relations said.

India and Pakistan have declared a ceasefire along the LoC since 2003.

Guns had been relatively silent since then, but troops sometimes exchange fire. Both sides routinely accuse each other of border violations.

The latest incident comes at a time when the new government in Pakistan is trying to normalize relations with India.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is scheduled to meet his Indian counterpart Manmohan Singh on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York in September.

Pakistan said last week that it has proposed dates to India for resumption of the official dialogue and awaits Indian response.


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