12:00 AM, February 17, 2013 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, February 17, 2013

UN chief urges India, Pakistan for restraint

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Ban Ki-moon

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has urged India and Pakistan to exercise restraint and resolve issues peacefully after a Pakistani soldier who intruded into the Indian territory was killed by the Indian Army along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir.
Ban's spokesperson Martin Nesirky yesterday told reporters that the UN chief was aware of the latest incident on February 14 at the LoC in which the Pakistani soldier, after intruding into Indian territory in a fresh incident of ceasefire violation, was killed by the Indian troops.
"The Secretary-General has repeatedly called on all concerned to exercise restraint and solve issues peacefully," Nesirky said when asked if Ban had a comment on the fresh incident along the Indian-Pakistan border.
It was the first fatal exchange between troops in the region since the two armies agreed a ceasefire on January 16. A flare-up along the LoC in early January saw a total of five soldiers killed, three from Pakistan and two from India.
Cross-border trade and transport links were also suspended for several weeks although they have since resumed.
Nuclear-armed India and Pakistan have fought two of their three wars over Kashmir. Each administers part of the territory but claims the whole of Kashmir.

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