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Pakistan says soldier killed by Indian forces in Kashmir

A Pakistani soldier was killed by shots fired by Indian forces across the disputed Himalayan border in Kashmir, the Pakistan army said on Thursday.

world Updated: Sep 08, 2011 15:17 IST

A Pakistani soldier was killed by shots fired by Indian forces across the disputed Himalayan border in Kashmir, the Pakistan army said on Thursday.

"There was an unprovoked firing by Indian soldiers in the Keil sector of Neelam valley (in Kashmir) on Tuesday night," a Pakistani military spokesman said. One Pakistani soldier died, he said.

The border firing underlined the fragility of ties between the two nuclear-armed South Asian rivals, which have fought three wars since their independence from British rule in 1947 mainly over Kashmir.

Three Pakistani soldiers were killed in a cross-border shooting in the same region of disputed Kashmir last week, though the incidents are unlikely to stop efforts by the two sides in recent months to improve ties.

India and Pakistan in February resumed a formal peace process broken off after the 2008 attack on India's financial capital Mumbai blamed on Pakistan-based militants, which killed 166 people.

Despite the tension, a ceasefire agreed between India and Pakistan in 2003 along the Line of Control, the defacto border in Kashmir, has largely held.