Pakistani, Indian DGMOs make hotline contact

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Pakistani, Indian DGMOs make hotline contact

Yesterday, a nine-year-old girl and a soldier were killed in Indian-administered Kashmir after Pakistani troops fired along the border in Poonch district, the Press Trust of India reported.

The army men were also effectively returning the fire, the official said adding a soldier was injured in cross-LoC firing.

The almost 10-minute-long conversation over the hotline between the two army commanders came amid rising incidents of ceasefire violations by the Pakistan army and a spurt in violence in Jammu and Kashmir. He also told Mirza that the Indian Army will do everything that's needed to maintain peace along the LoC. "He was evacuated to the MI room where he succumbed to his injuries." it read.

The issue of unprovoked aggression from the Indian side, which resulted in the martyrdom of 4 Pakistani soldiers and the injuring of another troop and one civilian was discussed during their talk. The attack was similar to an earlier assault on a civilian bus in the same area past year, according to the army's media wing.

Four soldiers were martyred on Sunday when their army vehicle was struck by Indian shelling from across the Line of Control (LoC), the Inter-Services Public Relations said in a statement. An army spokesperson also said that Indian troops were retaliating.

The LoC has become hot with more than 240 ceasefire violations by Pakistan from January to July first week this year.

"Continuous ceasefire violation on the LoC by the Indian army shows New Delhi is not honest regarding peace in South Asia".

The unprovoked firing of the heavy machine guns was started by the Pakistani troops on Monday morning. The locals of the border villages have begun shifting to safer places.

"From 1100 hrs to 1200 hrs, a commandant-wing commander level flag meeting was held between Border Security Force and Pakistan Rangers in Samba area", said a BSF spokesman.

He alleged that ceasefire violations by India along the LoC were the highest in 2017.

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