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Two Pakistanis die at Indian border firing

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SLAMABAD, Aug. 23 (Xinhua) — Pakistani officials
said on Saturday that Indian firing has killed at least
two civilians including a woman.

A spokesman for the border forces said the Indian
Border Security Force opened unprovoked firing
along the International Border in Charwa and
Mehrajke Sectors near Sialkot border late Friday.
He said at least six people were also injured in the
firing.

The spokesman for Punjab Rangers told media that
the Pakistani border troops had responded to the
Indian firing in a befitting manner.
Some cattle were also killed and houses damaged by
the BSF firing, he said.

In India, officials said two people were killed and
seven others injured early Saturday in heavy firing by
forces.

Indian media quoted officials as saying Pakistanis
fired on the Border Security Force posts near the
international border in R.S. Pura sector in Jammu
district, police said. Seven people were also injured.

Pakistani and Indian troops routinely trade fire in the
disputed Kashmir region and along the International
Border despite a 2003 ceasefire agreement.

Both sides accuse each other of violating the ceasefire
along the Line of Control, a de facto border that
divides the two countries in Kashmir.

Pakistan and India have fought three wars, two over
Kashmir since their independence from the British
colonial rule in 1947.

Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s visit to New
Delhi to attend the inauguration ceremony of his
Indian counterpart Narendra Modi in May had raised
hopes for the revival of official dialogue that had
been suspended due to the 2008 Mumbai attacks.
India had blamed the attacks on Pakistan-based
militant groups.

India cancelled talks with Pakistan of top diplomats,
scheduled to be held in Islamabad this month, over a
meeting of Pakistani envoy in Delhi with Kashmiri
separatist leaders. India had described the meeting
as interference in its internal affairs.

Pakistan defended the meeting and said it was not
new and such meetings had been held in the past
ahead of high level Pak-India talks.

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