Two more Pak soldier killed; NA resolution blasts India
23 August, 2013
MUZAFFARABAD: Pakistan accused Indian troops on Thursday of killing two soldiers in disputed Kashmir, as the National Assembly (NA) passed a resolution against ceasefire violations along Line of Control (LoC) by India.
Skirmishes have erupted across the heavily militarised LoC, the de facto border in Kashmir, since five Indian soldiers were killed in a raid two weeks ago. New Delhi blamed that ambush on the Pakistan Army, but Islamabad denied the claims and has repeatedly called for restraint and dialogue.
"At 1150 hours today Indian troops resorted to unprovoked firing at LoC, Rakhchakri sector near Rawlakot. Sepoy Habib embraced shahadat (martyrdom) due to unprovoked Indian firing," the Pakistani military said in a statement.
A few hours later the military announced the death of another solider.
"Indian troops again resorted to unprovoked firing at Hotspring (Tatta Pani) sector in the evening. A Pakistani soldier Sepoy Gul Wahab has embraced shahadat (martyrdom) while two soldiers are injured," it said.
Pakistani troops returned fire, the statement added.
After the first incident the Indian military accused Pakistan of firing first.
"We only retaliated effectively to the ceasefire violation, using small arms and heavy-calibre weapons as they did," Indian Army Colonel RK Palta told AFP.
Meanwhile, the National Assembly passed a unanimous resolution on Thursday in which it condemned India's "continued violation" of the ceasefire along the LoC. The resolution also paid rich tribute to Captain Sarfraz who was killed due to unprovoked firing by Indian troops at Shakma sector on Wednesday.
"This House condemns this act of aggression and also expresses serious concern on the continued violations of the ceasefire across the LoC by the Indian army," read the resolution, moved by Minister for Defence Production Rana Tanveer Hussain.
The resolution also called for a constructive, sustained and result-oriented process of engagements with the neighbouring country. This was the second such resolution passed by the NA, as a similar one was adopted last week.