LoC firing between India and Pakistan raises concerns

LoC firing between India and Pakistan raises concerns

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Tension has been reported in the Mendhar sector of Kashmir and India is now monitoring the situation on the Line of Control (LoC) closely. There have been reports of firing over the border on January 10, 2013, when the Pakistani troops fired in violation of the ceasefire agreement, to which India also responded. Both countries claim Kashmir as their own and have been involved in a territorial dispute for over 60 years in the region. Soldiers have been killed on both sides of the LoC over the last week in skirmishes.

The Indian army have said that there has been all-arm firing on both sides, which has continued for about five hours, but no one was injured in the incident. The Indian army said that it has delivered an appropriate response to firing from Pakistan.

Pakistan on the other hand has claimed that it has lost a soldier due to firing from India in the Battal area. After the incident, India has demanded a flag meeting between India and Pakistan commanders in Mendhar , but Pakistan is yet to respond to the meeting call.

India has also clarified that the standard operating procedure on patrolling along the LoC has not changed. It has also warned that if Pakistan once again violates the ceasefire agreement, then it will respond appropriately. Imran Khan, the opposition leader in Pakistan while reacting on the report tweeted, “It was important to keep taking the peace process forward.” Khan also said that both the governments must diffuse tension on the LoC.