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India, Pakistan armies to meet over LoC clashes

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VigilIndian army soldiers patrol near the Line of Control in Churunda village, about 129 km (80 miles) northwest of Srinagar on Saturday.Photo: Reuters
VigilIndian army soldiers patrol near the Line of Control in Churunda village, about 129 km (80 miles) northwest of Srinagar on Saturday.Photo: Reuters

The Indian and Pakistani armies will have a “flag meeting” on Monday, after Pakistani troops opened fresh fire at Indian border posts in Jammu and Kashmir, officials said on Sunday.

The meeting, to be led by brigadiers, will be held at 1 p.m. at Chakan da Bagh on the Line of Control (LoC) in Kashmir’s Poonch district.

India had been seeking a brigadier-level meeting to discuss escalating tensions on the LoC but Pakistan, which had called for a UN probe into the incidents, responded only on Sunday.

Meanwhile, Pakistani troops again fired at Indian border posts along the LoC, triggering a reponse from the Indian Army.

The latest firing in Krishna Ghati sector in Poonch began overnight at 10 and continued an hour past midnight on Saturday night, an official told IANS.

The military said the Pakistani firing was a violation of the ceasefire effective on the LoC since 2003, and the Indian Army offered a “calibrated response to silence Pakistani guns”.

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