Pakistan military condemns killing of soldier by Indian troops

2013-02-15 13:44:26 GMT2013-02-15 21:44:26(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

ISLAMABAD, Feb. 15 (Xinhua) -- The Pakistan military Friday condemned the killing of its soldier who had mistakenly crossed into the Indian part of Kashmir late last night as "inhuman and brutal," the army statement said.

The Pakistan Army said that one of its soldiers had inadvertently crossed the Line of Control (LoC), which divides the two countries in the disputed Kashmir region.

An army statement said that the Indian troops killed Sepoy Ikhlaq even after he had identified himself.

"Yesterday a Pakistan army soldier Ikhlaq lost his way between two posts and inadvertently crossed over the LoC in Kohi Ratta sector," the army statement said.

It said that a few civilians present close to the incident saw him being questioned by the Indians.

"Indian authorities were approached to hand over our soldier, but when Director Generals Military Operations (DGMOs) of two countries spoke on the hotline this morning, the Indian DGMO revealed that our soldier had been killed by their troops," the Pakistan army said.

The Indian military have agreed to hand over his body today, the statement said.

"We condemn such an inhuman and brutal act of killing our soldier after he identified himself and explained his position," the army said.

"This is not the first such event. We have returned Indian soldiers in the past, who had similarly strayed," the statement went on saying.

Sepoy Ikhlaq, 22, was the resident of Kalar Kahar Syedan in Punjab and had been serving in the army for four years.

The latest incident is likely to heighten tension again following escalations along the LoC last month after both countries accused each other of violating the 2003 ceasefire.

Both sides had lost at least five soldiers last month.

Pakistan had proposed UN inquiry into the violations but India rejected the proposal.

Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar said that Pakistan has contacted the UN military Observer Group for India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP) and proposed investigation after India alleged that Pakistan had violated the ceasefire.

"Pakistan abides by the ceasefire and follows the mechanism to deal with such kinds of issues," she said in Islamabad after New Delhi's accusation that one of its soldiers was beheaded.

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