Published: Tuesday, August 6, 2013

5 Indian soldiers killed in Kashmir shooting


Both Pakistan and India claim Kashmir in its entirety. The photo is taken from BBC.

At least five Indian soldiers were killed when Pakistani troops attacked an Indian post along the Line of Control (LoC) dividing the two countries in Poonch sector in Jammu and Kashmir Monday night.

Pakistani soldiers intruded into the Indian territory and ambushed the Sarla post on the Indian side of the LoC, reported our New Delhi correspondent quoting Indian defence sources.

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah tweeted: “I was briefed early this morning about the news that five of our soldiers had been killed on the LoC. My heartfelt condolences to their next of kin.”

“These incidents don’t help efforts to normalise or even improve relations with Pakistan and call in to question the Pak govt recent overtures,” the post added.

Indian Army Chief Gen Bikram Singh is taking stock of the situation, army sources said in Delhi.

The incident was one of the issues that caused uproar in the lower House of Indian Parliament this morning, forcing its adjournment for some time.

The incident could cast a shadow on resumption of India-Pakistan peace talks expected later this month.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif are slated to meet in New York next month on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly session.

The incident comes hours after an Indian BSF troop was injured in firing from across Indo-Pak border in Samba district of Jammu and Kashmir.