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Pakistani soldier killed in cross-LoC firing by Indian Army 

The Pakistan Army has issued a statement revealing a Pakistani soldier was killed and two women injured in an alleged cross-border shelling by Indian security forces along the Line of Control (LoC). The Inter-Services Public Relations said shelling occurred in Baroh and Chirikot sector. The army’s media wing said in response, Pakistan troops target Indian Army posts which were “substantially damaged” and there was also reports of casualties of Indian troops.

On October 8, Pakistan Foreign Office summoned Deputy High Commissioner Gaurav Ahluwalia to record a strong protest against the killing of a woman in what they called “unprovoked ceasefire violations” by Indian forces on October 6 and 7.

The already volatile relations between India and Pakistan came under severe strain after New Delhi’s decision to revoke Jammu and Kashmir’s special status on August 5, this year. Pakistan did not respond well to the move and since then, has pumped up their efforts to rally international support against India on the issue. On its part, India maintains Kashmir is a bilateral issue and no foreign mediation will be needed.

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