LAHORE - The Lahore High Court On Monday sought reply from the federal government on an appeal submitted by two Indian spies seeking reduction in their imprisonment after treating their detention period during trial as part of the sentence under section 382-B of Cr.P.C.

A military court had awarded 4-year imprisonment each to Muhammad Afzal and Muhammad Islam on charges of espionage for India.

The convicts filed an appeal and contended through counsel that the period of their imprisonment should be counted from the day of their arrest.

Justice Ayesha A Malik heard the initial arguments of the counsel and directed a deputy attorney general to submit government’s reply on the point raised in the appeal. The judge adjourned hearing till second week of November.

India claims killing on LoC:

Agencies add: India said one of its soldiers was killed when troops fired early Monday across the border in Kashmir, the latest in a series of deadly flareups in the disputed Himalayan region.

The soldier was killed just after midnight at an army post along the northern part of the heavily militarised border that divides the two countries in Kashmir, an Indian army spokesman said in what appeared to a routine statement aimed against neighbouring Pakistan.

India lodged a protest with the Pakistani army over a hotline, said the army's spokesman in Srinagar, Naresh Vig.

The incident came hours after senior officials of the two armies held scheduled phone talks on Sunday aimed at easing tensions in the region, that has recently seen some of the worst firing since a ceasefire agreement a decade ago.

Both sides have accused each other of violating the truce agreed in 2003.

India's Border Security Force said last week that 50 frontier posts had been targeted in an escalation of small arms firing and shelling over the last month -- despite public pledges to reduce tensions there.

Pakistan, in turn, accused India of killing a Rangers soldier and two civilians last Wednesday during firing and injuring 26 civilians.

There has been sporadic shooting since 2003 along the border called the Line of Control that separates Kashmir into Indian and Pakistani sectors.

But the recent rise in incidents has caused alarm. The subject was raised up by Indian Prime Ministers Manmohan Singh and his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif at the United Nations in New York last month, when they pledged to improve conditions to build trust.