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India: Pakistan Army Helping Militant Infiltration in Indian Kashmir

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The Indian army says one of the three infiltrators its troops killed in Indian Kashmir Wednesday on the de facto border with Pakistan was a Pakistani army officer.

An Army spokesman Lieutenant-Colonel V.K. Batra told reporters intelligence and documents recovered from the dead man's body identified him as Pakistani Major Mohammad Hyder.

The spokesman said Hyder served in the Nine Baloch Battalion of the Pakistani Army. He said the incident proves that the Pakistani army is involved in the region's 17-year-old Muslim separatist drive and has been pushing militants across the frontier.

He said the three men were killed during a gunbattle with Indian security forces after they crossed into Indian Kashmir from Pakistan.

There has been no independent confirmation of India's claim and also no immediate response from Pakistan. In the past, Pakistan has denied such charges.

Earlier Friday, Indian President Abdul Kalam called for initiating drastic measures aimed at the rapid economic development of Indian Kashmir, saying it would help establish peace in the troubled region. He made the call as he addressed a joint session of the State legislature in the summer capital, Srinagar, on Friday amid very tight security.

The valley observed a general strike called by Muslim separatists to protest his visit.
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