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Pakistani, Indian Military Dispute Claims of Crossing Kashmir's De-Facto Border


The Pakistani military is rejecting reports that Indian troops were invited across the military Line of Control in Kashmir to help Pakistani soldiers in the aftermath of Saturday's earthquake.

According to the Indian army, Pakistani soldiers invited the Indians to help rebuild their bunkers, after spending several nights in the open in increasingly cold conditions.

An Indian military officer said a small group of Indian soldiers crossed the frontline for what he described as spontaneous help - first on Tuesday and again on Wednesday.

News reports called it a rare event of cooperation between the two traditionally hostile armies.

But speaking to reporters in Islamabad Thursday, Pakistan's chief military spokesman, Maj. Gen. Shaukat Sultan, described the claim as "totally fabricated."

He added that "there is no question of any Indian soldier crossing the LoC" - the line that divides Kashmir.

Some information for this report provided by Reuters and AFP.

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