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Nine Killed in Cross-Border Indian Firing

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There was no immediate word from India on the casualty count, but Indian army spokesman Col. Nitin Joshi did say that an intense exchange of fire was underway between the two sides. The army's media wing identified the soldiers as Captain Taimoor Ali Khan, Havaldar Mushtaq Hussain and Lance Naik Ghulam Hussain. Artillery fire and shelling from India targeted several villages and struck a passenger bus near the dividing line in the disputed region of Kashmir on Wednesday, killing many civilians wounding more than a dozen others, the Pakistani military and officials said.

It was also announced that the dialogue between the two army officers would be preceded by a meeting between the Directors General of the Border Security Force and the Pakistan Rangers.

Indian troops stationed above Lawat were then firing heavily on the road to block movement of Pakistan military traffic. He also condemned the killing of innocent people because of Indian firing. Johnson said "we are concerned about recent incidents on both sides of the Line of Control" and called for a solution, taking into account the aspirations of the Kashmiri people.

The exchange came a day after the mutilated body of an Indian soldier was found in Kashmir.

The Foreign Office however rejected the claim, saying that the "reports are a fabrication and a blatant attempt to malign Pakistan".

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Pakistan's foreign ministry said it also summoned the Indian Deputy High Commissioner, J.P. Singh, to its foreign ministry to protest the "targeting a civilian bus and an ambulance which was rescuing the affectees of the attack on the bus" and declared it a blatant violation of global humanitarian law. Armies of both sides have been engaged in cross border firing.

Eleven days later, India responded with what it described as "surgical strikes" at about a half a dozen sites in Pakistan that India described as staging grounds for dozens of militants waiting to cross the border.

Relations between the two regional rivals have been tense since Pakistani militants attacked an Indian military outpost September 18, killing 19 Indian soldiers.

Pakistan maintains that India is attempting to divert the world's attention away from atrocities committed by government forces in India-held Kashmir. This news story is related to Latest/167364-PM-chairs-meeting-to-asses-worsening-situation-at-LoC/ - breaking news, latest news, pakistan ne.

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