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Pakistan protests 'repeated, unacceptable' India violations
by Staff Writers
Islamabad (AFP) Jan 11, 2013

Pakistan summoned the Indian ambassador on Friday to protest against "unacceptable and unprovoked" attacks by the Indian army that killed two Pakistani soldiers in five days in Kashmir.

Pakistan said its soldiers were killed on Sunday and Thursday.

On Tuesday, India said two of its soldiers were killed by Pakistani troops and that one of them was beheaded in the disputed Himalayan region, which is claimed in full by both India and Pakistan but ruled in part by each.

Pakistan's foreign ministry said it had summoned India's high commissioner to Islamabad to lodge a "strong protest on the repeated, unacceptable and unprovoked attacks on Pakistani soldiers by the Indian army".

India said its troops opened fire in response to Pakistani fire on both occasions. Pakistan has denied any responsibility for the Indian soldiers' deaths.

On Friday, Pakistan called on the Indian government to investigate the "repeated" violations of the ceasefire, which has held along the Line of Control (LoC) -- the de facto border in divided Kashmir -- since 2003 and to take steps to prevent them from happening again.

Both countries have appeared determined to prevent the recent killings from wrecking a fragile peace process, which resumed in 2011.

Islamabad repeated an offer to hold an independent inquiry through the United Nations and reiterated its commitment to peace talks with India, saying the attacks "create unnecessary and avoidable distractions" to peace efforts.

On the ground, more than 300 people demonstrated in Pakistani-administered Kashmir on Friday, condemning Indian aggression and accusing Indian troops of ceasefire violations, police said.

The crowd condemned the killings of Pakistan soldiers in the state capital Muzaffarabad and dispersed peacefully, local police chief Raja Shafqat told AFP.

The rally was also attended by state premier Chaudhry Abdul Majeed, who accused New Delhi of deliberately disturbing peace in the region and said further protests would be held on Monday.

Meanwhile, local authorities in Muzaffarabad on Friday suspended trade with India from the Titrinot route in Kashmir, officials said.

"The local government suspended trade with India for an indefinite period from Titrinot area because of firing from across the LoC," chief of the local trade and travel authority Muhammad Ismail told AFP.

He said: "We cannot continue the trade under the shadow of guns."

A road between Titrinot and Hajira, which is the main route for trucks carrying supplies to and from India and Pakistan, had been closed due to the firing. It reopened on Thursday but people are using it at their own risk said local administration official Sardar Mushtaq.

President of the Titrinot Trade Action Committee Syeed Akhtar Shah also confirmed the trade suspension and said "truckers are not willing to travel by this route because of the firing, which has caused huge financial losses to us".

The United States has urged the nuclear-armed rivals to cool tensions along the heavily militarised LoC.

Kashmir, a Muslim-majority territory, has been the cause of two of three wars between India and Pakistan since independence from Britain in 1947.


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