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Border raids give India-Pakistan peace process a reality check

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While the Pakistani military denied "Indian allegations of unprovoked firing" to Reuters, an Indian Army spokesperson described Tuesday's events as "a serious escalation to the continuing series of cease-fire violations and infiltration attempts."

Many see the killings as a retaliation for the death of the Pakistani soldier on Sunday. As the Pakistan Foreign Office protested the killing by summoning the Indian Deputy High Commissioner, the Indian Army said it had responded to heavy firing from the Pakistani side that destroyed one civilian house on the Indian side.

"We believe it was clearly an attempt on their part to facilitate infiltration of militants," spokesperson Col. Brijesh Pandey said.

But Pakistani military analyst Ayesha Siddiqa says that the Line of Control skirmish and the new Pakistani military doctrine are both being overplayed by the Indian media.

“The talk of a new military doctrine is based on questionable reports,” she says, adding, “The peace process has not achieved anything substantial so far and it is obvious that both peace and anti-peace lobbies would be at work. It is important to not see small tremors as major shifts. The Pakistani Army may realize that the scope for adventurism in Kashmir is limited but India remains the major conventional military threat for it.”

The United States expressed concern Monday about the skirmish. "We urge both sides to take steps to end exchanges of fire and to resume normal trade and travel across the Line of Control," State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland told reporters.

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