ISLAMABAD, Aug. 11 (Xinhua) -- Pakistan said Sunday that Indian troops fired at its paramilitary forces along the Line of Control (LoC), which divides the two countries in the disputed Kashmir region.
"Indian border security forces resorted to unprovoked firing upon Pakistan Rangers (paramilitary force) in the Sialkot sector this morning," and Pakistani forces "responded with restraint and responsibility," Foreign Office spokesman Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry said in a statement.
No one was hurt in the fresh incident of firing along the LoC.
"It is important to maintain ceasefire along the Line of Control," the Pakistani spokesman said.
He said Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has stressed the need to optimally use the existing channels and strengthen bilateral political and military channels to defuse tensions and establish peace.
"Pakistan wishes durable peace in the region to create conducive environment for economic development and well-being of the people," he said.
Situation had been relative peaceful along the LoC since the 2003 ceasefire. But this January, exchanges of fire caused casualties on both sides, which blamed each other for violations of the ceasefire.
Troops of both countries now routinely trade fire, which has heightened tensions between the two uneasy neighbors who have fought three wars, two over Kashmir, since their independence in 1947.
The recent escalations came at a time when prime ministers of the two countries are scheduled to meet on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York next month.
There is no change in the summit and Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said he looks forward to his meeting with his Indian counterpart, Manmohan Singh.