Another Pak soldier killed in Kashmir
ISLAMABAD — Pakistan accused India of “warmongering” and lodged an official protest on Wednesday after another soldier was killed in disputed Kashmir in a flare-up that threatens to derail a fragile peace process.
Diplomats on both sides have warned against allowing a spate of deadly cross-border incidents to wreck the tentative progress that has been made since a total break in relations following the 2008 attacks on Mumbai.
But tensions escalated as Pakistan reported another of its troops had been killed on Tuesday in “unprovoked” firing across the militarised border, bringing the toll on both sides to five since January 6. Pakistan army’s director-general of military operation telephoned his Indian counterpart on Wednesday to “strongly protest” over the death, an official said.
Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar hit out at strident comments by Indian politicians over the incidents, and warned against “upping the ante” between the nuclear-powered neighbours.
“We see warmongering,” Khar said at the Asia Society in New York late on Tuesday. “It is deeply disturbing to hear statements which are upping the ante, where one politician is competing with the other to give a more hostile statement.”
India says two of its soldiers have been killed, one beheaded, since hostilities erupted along the Line of Control (LoC) where a cease fire has been in place since 2003. It has demanded the return of the soldier’s head which is still missing.
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