India accuses Pakistan killing an army jawan on LoC


NEW DELHI: May 19, 2008: India on Monday accused Pakistan killing its army jawan by resorting firing on Line of Control in Poonch sector.

Media reports quoting a senior army officer in Poonch sector said Pakistani troops resorted to heavy firing on Indian forward posts in Mendhar in Poonch sector around 0800 hours on Monday. The officer claimed the firing continued for over 10 minutes, which resulted in the death of an army jawan, who belonged to 2/8 Gorkha Rifles. However, he said Indian troops observed restraint and did not retaliate. Later, army authorities stationed in Mendhar lodged a strong protest with their Pakistan counterparts. The officer said Pakistani side has been asked to hold a flag meeting to discuss the issue. This is the third ceasefire violation in Kashmir, the Indian officer alleged.

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