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Pak soldier shot, body returned

Srinagar, Feb. 15: A Pakistani soldier was killed in a gunfight after he crossed the Line of Control in Rajouri district of Jammu and Kashmir.

The body was returned to the other side this afternoon after a request from Pakistan’s director general of military operations who identified the infiltrator as a Pakistani soldier.

Two Indian soldiers were injured in the gun battle that started in the Lam area yesterday afternoon and was followed by another ceasefire violation in the Mendhar sector of the adjoining Poonch district.

The gunfights come more than a month after Pakistani troops killed two Indian soldiers and mutilated the body of one of them, following a cross-border raid in Mendhar.

The spokesperson for the Northern Command, Lieutenant Colonel Rajesh Kalia, said the slain Pakistani soldier was in combat uniform and was carrying an AK-56 assault rifle.

“He was not carrying any identity proof, therefore we thought he was a militant. A background check was carried out after a call from a Pakistani DGMO,” he said.

The call came around 10am. “Our DGMO today received an unscheduled call from the Pakistani DGMO wherein he stated that the slain man was a Pakistani soldier… his body was returned in the evening.”