Two army porters were killed in firing by Pakistani troops from across the Line of Control in North Kashmir on Sunday.
An army spokesman said four others, including two armymen, were injured after Pakistani troops fired on them in the Machil sector of Kupwara district, 140 km north of Srinagar. “This happened around 7.30 in the morning,” said army spokesman Colonel Vineet Sood.
“It was an unprovoked firing, which resulted in injuries to four army porters and two of our soldiers. Two porters succumbed to their injuries,” he said. “This is clearly a ceasefire violation. We did not retaliate at all,” Sood said.
Sunday’s firing was the second violation in a week of a ceasefire agreement on the LoC that India and Pakistan signed in November 2003. There have been allegations and counter-allegations of ceasefire violations by both countries since the agreement was signed. The colonel said the army would take up the matter with Pakistan. “The army chief has already stated that the matter would be taken up with the Pakistani Army,” Sood said.
The incident comes ahead of Indo-Pakistan foreign secretary-level talks and Home Minister P .Chidambaram’s visit to Islamabad for the SAARC Interior Minister’s Conference.