The attack on a post in Poonch came just as India and Pakistan were preparing to resume peace talks broken off since January when tensions rose following the beheading of an Indian soldier in a border clash, also in Poonch.
"The Pakistan deputy high commissioner was called a short while ago and a strong protest was lodged by the government over the incident at the LoC," the source said, referring to the Line of Control dividing Kashmir.

Pakistan denies firing on Indian troops at LoC

Pakistani security officials denied any involvement on Tuesday in the deaths of Indian soldiers on the disputed and heavily militarized LoC in Kashmir."There was no indiscriminate firing from our side," one security official said.

Another official, who also spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to reporters, also denied that there had been an exchange of firing at the LoC between the troops of the two neighbouring nuclear powers. "There was no such incident whatsoever," he said. "There was no firing on the border."

According to the reports, Pakistani troops entered into Indian territory at the Line of Control in the Poonch sector in Jammu and Kashmir on late Monday night and ambushed a patrol killing five Indian soldiers.

The issue also rocked the Indian Parliament on Tuesday with members in both the Houses demanding a strong response from the government.

Defence sources said the Pakistani soldiers, numbering about 20, intruded into the Indian territory past midnight and ambushed the patrol party at the Sarla post on the Indian side of the LoC.

A Subedar and four jawans of the 21 Bihar Unit were killed in the attack which took place at around 2 am, the sources said. The attack took place 450 metres from the LoC on the Indian side, they said.


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