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India Accused Of Wounding Pakistani Civilian


An Indian army soldier stands guard close to the Line of Control, which divides Kashmir between India and Pakistan.

An Indian army soldier stands guard close to the Line of Control, which divides Kashmir between India and Pakistan.

Pakistan's military has accused Indian forces of shooting a Pakistani civilian along the disputed Kashmir border.

Pakistani officials said Indian troops fired nto Tatta Panni in Pakistani-administered Kashmir on the morning of August 8, "seriously" wounding a man who was evacuated to a military hospital.

The accusation comes shortly after India, for the first time, openly accused the Pakistani Army of being directly involved in an ambush that killed five Indian soldiers.

Indian Defense Minister A.K. Antony told parliament on August 8 that it was clear that Pakistani "specialist troops" were behind the attack on an army patrol in Indian-administered Kashmir on August 6.

Antony indicated that the attack would harm the country's bilateral relations and warned of possible military retaliation.

"Our restraint should not be taken for granted, nor should the capacity of our armed forces and resolve of the government to uphold the sanctity of the Line of Control ever be doubted," he said

Antony was referring to the de facto border dividing Kashmir, which Islamabad and New Delhi both claim and have fought two wars over.

Pakistan has denied any involvement in the attack.

Based on reporting by Reuters and NDTV
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