Pakistan says Indian cross-border fire kills Pakistani soldier in Himalayan region of Kashmir

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Pakistan's foreign ministry says Indian forces have fired across the border into the Pakistan-administered portion of the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir, killing a soldier.

The ministry in a statement Friday said the Pakistani soldier was killed Thursday in the Pandu sector along the border, which divides Kashmir between Pakistan and India.

It said Pakistan has a lodged protest with India "over the unprovoked firing and mortar shelling by the India forces".

Exchanges of fire are common along Kashmir's heavily guarded Line of Control. But such incidents intensified last month when violence erupted in the region during the Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha. Both sides often blame each other for initiating the incidents.

Indian and Pakistan have fought two wars over control of Kashmir since gaining independence in 1947.