Pakistan says Indian fire kills 2 soldiers in Kashmir

The military said Pakistani soldiers ‘befittingly responded to Indian unprovoked firing’

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Pakistan’s military says that Indian troops have killed two of its soldiers on the Pakistani side of the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir in an “unprovoked” attack. In a statement Thursday, the military said Pakistani soldiers “befittingly responded to Indian unprovoked firing” - implying they returned fire- along the border, near the villages of Bhimber, Kel and Lipa.

Pakistan and India often trade fire in Kashmir. The incident comes a day after Pakistan said India will “disintegrate” when Kashmir gains independence.

India is trying to isolate Pakistan diplomatically after a recent militant attack in Indian-controlled Kashmir that killed 18 Indian soldiers. New Delhi blames a Pakistan-based militant group for the attack. Pakistan denies that.

Sharif speaks

Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif condemned the “naked aggression of Indian forces” Thursday after two Pakistani soldiers were killed in firing along the Line of Control that divides the disputed territory of Kashmir.

A statement from Sharif's office said he “strongly condemned the unprovoked and naked aggression of Indian forces” and vowed the military was capable of thwarting "any evil design to undermine the sovereignty of Pakistan”.

(With inputs from AFP)