Guns fall silent on LoC

Last Updated: Wed, Jan 09, 2013 06:06 hrs

Jammu: The Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir was calm Wednesday morning after overnight clashes between Indian and Pakistan troops, military officials said.

Pakistani guns fell silent in Krishnaghati sector in Poonch district, even as the Indian Army stepped up vigil all along the LoC after Pakistani troops entered Indian territory and killed two Indian soldiers Tuesday.

On Tuesday evening, the Pakistani army opened fire on Indian posts in Krishnaghati sector, about 230 km from Jammu. The losses, if any, were not immediately known.

Indian officials accused the Pakistani soldiers of mutilating one of the two dead soldiers besides wounding a third Tuesday.

Islamabad says it was not involved in the attack, suggesting it could be the work of separatist militants.

Military sources said the Indian Army was prepared to give a "calibrated response" to any further provocation from Pakistan.

"There was heavy firing from the Pakistani side last night. We offered calibrated response and the guns fell silent by midnight," an army officer told IANS Wednesday morning.

"At the moment the LoC is calm," he added.

The LoC divides the Kashmir region between India and Pakistan. New Delhi controls the southern two-third of Kashmir and Islamabad the northern third.

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