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Pakistan clashes on working boundary with India: Pakistan.

ISLAMABAD, Oct. 15 Kyodo

One person was killed and 26 civilians were injured in a clash between Pakistani and Indian border troops near the Line of Control border in the disputed Kashmir region, Pakistan's Defense Ministry said Monday.

Defense Ministry spokesman Brig. Saulat Reza said Indian troops opened fire on Pakistani positions in the Oklian sector on the working boundary at 5:15 p.m., using mortars, rockets and automatic weapons and Pakistan's paramilitary troops fired back.

The working boundary stretches between the Line of Control in the disputed Kashmir and international boundary between two countries.

The clash, which reportedly lasted more than an hour, brought to halt an informal eight-month-old cease-fire the two sides were exercising as part of bilateral efforts to reduce tension resulting from a separatist movement in the Indian-ruled part of Kashmir.

The clash took place as U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell was on his way to a visit in Pakistan and India.

U.S. officials said over the weekend that Powell will try to persuade Pakistan not to describe pro-Pakistan militants in Kashmir as freedom fighters.

Pakistani officials said Pakistan wants Powell to prevail upon India not to make use of Pakistan's preoccupation with Afghanistan on the Kashmir front. The two countries have fought two full-scale wars over Kashmir since independence in 1947.
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