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    Funeral for Pakistani soldier killed in ceasefire violation

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    JHELUM, Pakistan (CBS/RTV/ISPR Handout) -- A Pakistani soldier, who was killed by Indian fire while manning a post in the Battal sector of the disputed Kashmir region, was given a formal funeral at the Garrison mosque in Jhelum on Friday (January 11).

    Hundreds of soldiers and military officials gathered at the mosque to offer prayers for Havildar Ghulam Mohyuddin, killed in the worst outbreak of violence in the area since the nuclear-armed neighbors agreed on a ceasefire nearly a decade ago.

    Pakistan said the shooting on Sunday (January 6) was unprovoked, while the Indian military said its troops responded to fire from soldiers across the frontier.

    An army spokesman said it was the third fatal attack in five days along the Kashmir border, which is split between the two sides by a heavily fortified border known as the Line of Control (LoC).

    On Tuesday (January 8), two Indian soldiers were killed and mutilated. Both sides have lodged diplomatic protests.

    India and Pakistan have fought three wars since becoming independent from Britain in 1947, two of them over the Himalayan region of Kashmir.

    Relations had shown signs of improving in the past year after souring again in 2008 when Pakistan-based gunmen attacked India's financial capital of Mumbai, killing 166 people.

    Both governments have expressed anger over the latest Kashmir attacks even as senior officials sought to calm fears that right-wing groups could seize the opportunity to derail years of diplomatic rapprochement.

    Pakistan reported Sunday's killing to the United Nations, and has called for it to investigate the recent attacks.

    A team monitoring the ceasefire has been in place for around 60 years.

    But India has rejected proposals to go to the UN.

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