ISLAMABAD, Jan. 9 (Xinhua) -- Pakistan said Wednesday that it is ready to investigate Indian claim that Pakistani troops have crossed the border into Indian-controlled Kashmir and killed two Indian soldiers.
Indian authorities said that Pakistani forces crossed the Line of Control (LoC), the de facto border between the two countries in the disputed Kashmir region, on Tuesday and killed two Indian soldiers.
"Pakistan strongly rejects the Indian allegation of an attack across the LoC on its military patrol in which two Indian soldiers were claimed to have been killed. These are baseless and unfounded allegations," the Pakistani Foreign Ministry said.
A foreign ministry statement said that Pakistan is prepared to launch investigations through the United Nations Military Observes Group for India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP) on the recent ceasefire violations on the Line of Control.
Pakistan and India declared a ceasefire along the LoC in 2003 and guns had been relatively silent since then.
"Pakistan remains committed to the ceasefire agreement of 2003 which is an important Confidence Building Measure and should be respected in letter and spirit," the statement said.
Pakistan also urged the need for abiding and strengthening existing military mechanisms to ensure that there is no recurrence of such violations in future.
The statement said Pakistan is committed to a constructive, sustained and result-oriented process of engagement with India.
"We have made significant progress in the dialogue process. Pakistan has taken a number of steps to normalize and improve bilateral relations. It is important that both sides make serious efforts in maintaining this improvement and avoid negative propaganda," it added.
In New Delhi, Pakistani High Commissioner was summoned to the Ministry of External Affairs and a formal protest was lodged over the alleged Pakistani incursion.
ISLAMABAD, Jan. 9 (Xinhua) -- Senior Pakistani and Indian military officials Wednesday talked on phone and discussed the current escalation of tension along the Line of Control (LoC), which divides the two countries in the disputed Kashmir region, the military said.
The contact was established for the first time after Pakistan accused Indian troops of intruding into its part of Kashmir and killing one of its soldiers on Sunday. Full story