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India accuses Pakistan of planning border killings
Publication Date : 15-01-2013
India's army chief today accused Pakistan of planning the clash in which two Indian soldiers died.
"The attack on January 8 was a premeditated, a pre-planned activity. Such an operation requires time and planning and requires detailed reconnaissance," General Bikram Singh said.
"I expect my commanders on the Line of Control to be aggressive and offensive in the face of provocation and fire."
Singh's comments came just before a brigadier-level meeting to defuse tension was held at Chakan da Bagh area in Poonch district on the Line of Control (LOC), de facto border which divides the Himalayan territory into Pakistan and India.
The meeting came after the two nuclear-armed neighbours traded accusations over border skirmishes in which each lost two soldiers.
"Pakistan strongly protested with Indian military authorities about continuous ceasefire violations, including an attempted raid by Indian troops," Pakistani military spokesman Major-General Asim Saleem Bajwa said in a statement.
"During the flag meeting, Pakistan strongly rejected the Indian allegations that Pakistani troops resorted to unprovoked fire, attacked any Indian post or killed Indian soldiers," Bajwa said.
Pakistan and India have fought three of their two wars over Kashmir since their independence from Britain in 1947.
The latest border tensions started on January 6 when Pakistan claimed that one of its soldiers was killed due to "unprovoked firing". Two days later, India accused Pakistani troops of killing two of its soldiers. Both deny the charges.
The two sides also issued diplomatic protest notes to each other.
New Delhi has expressed outrage about the deaths of two Indian soldiers and alleged mutilation of their bodies by Pakistani forces along the de facto border that divides Kashmir.
The clashes are considered the most serious outbreak of violence on Kashmir borders since the South Asian neighbours announced a ceasefire in 2003.