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LoC tension: Pakistan, India to hold flag meeting on Monday

Muzaffarabad: Flag meeting between commanders of Pakistan army and India forces in Poonch at 1pm on Monday as tension prevailed between two countries after violation of ceasefire on LoC by Indian army.

Pakistan will reportedly strongly protest against killing of its two soldiers by Indian army at flag meeting, according to media reports.

Indian and Pakistan troops on late Saturday night traded heavy gunfire along the Line of Control in Poonch sector after the movement of a group of suspected infiltrators was detected, in fresh escalation of tension.

Both sides have accused the other’s troops of violating the ceasefire and crossing the LoC to kill troops. Indian High Commissioner Sharat Sabharwal was summoned by the Pakistan government on Friday in protest against the death of a Pakistani soldier who died on Thursday evening in firing by Indian troops.

A statement released after the meeting said Pakistan had protested against “the repeated, unacceptable and unprovoked attacks on Pakistani soldiers by the Indian Army.”

The tension began last Sunday when the Pakistani army accused India of killing one of its soldiers and wounding another in a cross-border attack. India said its troops had opened fire following a Pakistani mortar attack, but denied they crossed the border. Four soldiers have been killed in the last five days. This week marks a peak in hostility since 2003, when the ceasefire was agreed upon.

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