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J&K: Pakistani troops occupy Indian village along the LoC, say sources


Praveen Swami,CNN-IBN
Oct 02, 2013 at 03:29pm IST

New Delhi: Even as Prime Minister Manmohan Singh met Nawaz Sharif in New York, Indian troops were engaged in a gunfight to clear Pakistani troops who had occupied a ghost village alone the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir, sources said.

According to sources, fighting is still taking place in the village of Shala Bhata. Pakistani irregulars and special force personnel are reportedly using abandoned houses as cover to fire at Indian soldiers.

However, denying that Pakistani Army had occupied a village along the LoC, Army said, "In said area an infiltration bid was attempted last week by terrorists which was foiled by the Army. In fact search operations are still on. Details of this operation had earlier been shared by Army authorities."

This is the first time since the 2001-2002 near-war that Pakistani troops have held territory in India. The intrusion took place on the night of September 23 when a routine troop rotation was happening on the Indian side, sources said.

Shala Bhata is a strategic point that overlooks Pakistan's main line of communication to the northern stretches of the Line of Control.

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