Pakistan says soldier killed by Indian gunfire

By SEBASTIAN ABBOT
Associated Press
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FILE - In this March 2, 2007 file photo, an Indian Border Security Force soldier patrols the India-Pakistan border area of Golpattan, about 35 kilometers (22 miles) west of Jammu, India. Pakistan and India traded accusations Sunday, Jan. 6, 2013, of violating the cease-fire in the disputed northern region of Kashmir, with Islamabad accusing Indian troops of a cross-border raid that killed one of its soldiers and India charging that Pakistani shelling destroyed a home on its side. (AP Photo/Channi Anand, File)

ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Pakistani army accused Indian troops of firing across the disputed Kashmir border and killing a soldier Thursday, the third deadly incident in the disputed Himalayan region in recent days.

Indian officials didn't immediately respond to a request for comment on Thursday's shooting.

The tit-for-tat fighting threatens to reverse recent progress Pakistan and India have made in improving their historically antagonistic relationship. The two countries have fought three major wars since they achieved independence from British India in 1947, two of them over Kashmir.

The mountainous region is divided between the two countries, but both claim the area in its entirety. A cease-fire over Kashmir has largely held for about a decade, despite periodic firing across the disputed border that sometimes causes casualties.

The danger from Thursday's violence is that it comes on the heels of two more serious incidents in which Pakistan and Indian accused each other of sending troops across the border and killing soldiers, the first such accusations since the cease-fire went into effect in 2003.

The Pakistani army said the latest incident occurred Thursday afternoon when Indian troops fired at a post in an area of Pakistan-held Kashmir called Battal, killing a soldier named Havildar Mohyuddin. Pakistan said the shooting was "unprovoked."

The most recent round of violence started Sunday, when Pakistan accused Indian troops of raiding an army post and killing one of its soldiers. India denied raiding the Pakistani post, and said Pakistani shelling had destroyed a home on its side.

On Tuesday, India said Pakistani soldiers crossed the border and attacked an army patrol, killing two Indian soldiers. Pakistan has denied the allegations.