Pakistan rejects Kashmir incursion allegation as Indian propaganda

The Pakistan Army on Wednesday denied India’s allegations that its soldiers killed two Indian troops after crossing Kashmir’s de-facto border.

India’s military accused Pakistani troops of an incursion under the cover of thick fog early Tuesday into the Mendhar sector along the Line of Control (LoC) dividing the disputed Himalayan territory between the two countries.

A Pakistan Army official rejected India’s charge that border troops had violated a ceasefire in the mountainous region with unprovoked firing.

“It looks like Indian propaganda to divert attention from Sunday’s raid on a Pakistani post by Indian troops in which a Pakistani soldier was killed,” the official said.

Pakistan alleged that Indian troops raided one of its outposts Sunday in the Haji Pir sector and injured two Pakistani soldiers, one of whom died.

Skirmishes have been reported off and on since the two South Asian arch-rivals agreed on a ceasefire in Kashmir in late 2003, but the latest incidents occurred amid a thaw in relations.

The Indian government condemned Tuesday’s incident as a provocative action, adding that senior military officials from both sides were discussing the situation.

“We expect Islamabad to honour the ceasefire agreement strictly,” a government statement said.