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Pakistani, Indian troops exchange fresh fire across Line of Control

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(Islamabad-AlummahWorld, 02 Muharram,1438 AH, 03 October 2016) Pakistani and Indian troops exchanged fresh fire across the Line of Control (LoC) in three separate incidents on Monday, Pakistan Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said.

The exchange of firing occurred along the Line of Control in the Nezapir and Kailer sectors, and Iftikharabad, a town in Azad Jammu and Kashmir, ISPR said.

The first incident of firing took place around midnight in Iftikharabad, ISPR said, whereas the second incident was reported in Nezapir at 11:30am. A third ceasefire violation was reported in the afternoon in Kailer by ISPR.

"Pakistani troops are befittingly responding to Indian unprovoked firing," ISPR said.

There were no reports of casualties on either sides.

Pakistani and Indian troops last exchanged fire in the Bhimber sector on Saturday, with no damage reported then either.

The fresh exchange comes hours after suspected militants attacked an Indian army camp in Baramulla town of Indian occupied Kashmir, killing at least one trooper of the Border Security Force (BSF) and leaving another injured.

India also claimed to have performed a "surgical strike" by crossing the disputed boundary. The Indian claims were rejected by Pakistan Army while India is yet to offer even a tiny proof of claimed surgical strike in Pakistan.

It later emerged that an Indian soldier was captured by the Pakistan army, while Indian soldiers were also killed in the episode of firing across the LoC.

The latest incidents of cross-border firing came as tensions simmer between Pakistan and India over the Kashmir issue.

India this month initiated a diplomatic drive to isolate Pakistan after blaming it for the Sept 18 attack on the Uri army camp in IHK which killed 18 soldiers ─ a claim which Pakistan has rejected.

Meanwhile statements of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and country`s home minister revealed contradiction even within Indian government regarding alleged surgical strike claimed by Indian military.

Even as the Indian prime minister insisted on Sunday that his country never attacked any country and never coveted anyone’s territory, his home minister said the country was “proud of the manner in which Indian troops carried out surgical strikes against militant launch pads” in Azad Kashmir last week.

Speaking at the inaugural ceremony of the Pravasi Bharatiya Kendra, a complex dedicated to overseas Indians, Narendra Modi said: “India has not attacked anyone; it is neither hungry for any territory.”

Pressure is mounting on Indian government to clarify the situation and show to the public if there is any evidence of earlier claimed surgical strikes in Pakistan.