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Army lodges protest over firing in J&K

india Updated: May 21, 2008 16:54 IST

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Indian army on Wednesday lodged a strong protest with its Pakistani counterparts over Monday's unprovoked cross-border firing at a forward post in Poonch sector in Jammu and Kashmir, a day after Islamabad gave an assurance that it was committed to maintaining the ceasefire.

"A flag meeting was held at Roshni border post along LoC in Mendhar sector of Poonch district, where India lodged a strong protest over ceasefire violation and unprovoked firing on Monday," defence spokesman Lt Col S D Goswami said.

He said a formal protest note was handed over to the Pakistani army officers. India had sought the flag meeting after the incident in which rockets were also fired by the Pakistani side.

The protest comes a day after India and Pakistan resumed their composite dialogue, the first since the new government assumed office in Islamabad last month.

Foreign Secretary Shivshankar Menon said after talks with Pakistani counterpart Salman Bashir yesterday that "both sides made it clear that they attach great importance to the ceasefire and they want to make it hold".

During the half-an-hour meeting between the army officers, India gave a detailed account of the cross-border firing on Dhip post in which a jawan was killed, Goswami said.

Indian officers also gave evidence to their Pakistani counterparts to prove ceasefire violation.

Col Manish Kumar headed the Indian side while the Pakistani team was led by Col S Malik.