Sherpa guide cre­mated in Nepal: ❑❑❑ Pak says In­dian fire killed 2:

Arab Times - - INTERNATIO­NAL -

Hun­dreds of gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials, moun­taineers, fel­low Sherpa guides and sup­port­ers gath­ered in Nepal on Wed­nes­day to mourn the veteran guide who was the first per­son to climb Mount Ever­est 10 times.

The body of Ang Rita was cre­mated Wed­nes­day ac­cord­ing to Bud­dhist rit­u­als two days af­ter he died. He was 72 and had been ill with liver and brain dis­eases for months.

The body wrapped in Bud­dhist flags, flow­ers and cream scarf was taken on a dec­o­rated truck from the Sherpa Monastery in the out­skirts of Kath­mandu to cre­ma­tion grounds in the heart of the city.

Hun­dreds lined up at the monastery to pay their last re­spects, cov­er­ing the body with the scarf and flow­ers. Among them was Nepal’s tourism min­is­ter Yo­gesh Bhat­tarai.

“This is an ir­re­place­able loss to not just Nepal but also for the en­tire moun­taineer­ing com­mu­nity. He has been the rea­son for Nepalese moun­taineers get­ting recog­ni­tion around the world,” said Tika Ram Gu­rung of the Nepal Moun­taineer­ing As­so­ci­a­tion, the um­brella body of Nepalese climbers and guides. (AP)

Pak­istan’s mil­i­tary said two of its soldiers were killed Wed­nes­day by In­dian fire in an “un­pro­voked cease-fire vi­o­la­tion” in the dis­puted Hi­malayan re­gion of Kash­mir.

In a state­ment, it said Pak­istani troops re­sponded by tar­get­ing the In­dian posts where the fire orig­i­nated, caus­ing “sub­stan­tial dam­age” on the In­dian side.

The In­dian mil­i­tary ac­cused Pak­istan of ini­ti­at­ing the clashes, say­ing Pak­istani troops fired bul­lets and mor­tar shells along the Line of Con­trol in the south­ern Poonch district early Wed­nes­day. In­dia did not re­port any ca­su­al­ties.

In­dia and Pak­istan rou­tinely ac­cused each other of un­pro­voked at­tacks along the tense Kash­mir fron­tier in vi­o­la­tion of a 2003 cease-fire agree­ment.

Pak­istan says In­dia has vi­o­lated the truce more than 2,000 times this year alone.

The re­gion is split be­tween the two coun­tries, which each claim it in its en­tirety. In­dia and Pak­istan have fought two wars over Kash­mir. (AP)

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