The Army on Thursday said an Indian soldier, who was on leave, was abducted by suspected militants from Pulwama in Jammu and Kashmir. An operation is under way to track the 44 Rashtriya Rifles soldier who was posted in Shopian.

Officials identified the soldier as Poonch resident Aurangzeb, The Hindu reported. He was purportedly on leave for Eid.

In May, an Army lieutenant, Umer Fayaz, a resident of South Kashmir’s Kulgam, was abducted and killed by suspected militants in neighbouring Shopian district.

Earlier this month, Pakistan wrote to the Indian High Commission in Islamabad seeking information on Lt Colonel Mohammad Habib Zahir, a retired officer of the Pakistan Army who went missing from Nepal on April 6. The Times of India had quoted unidentified Indian officials as saying that they had no knowledge about Zahir.

On April 18, Pakistan claimed Zahir had been abducted by India’s Research and Analysis Wing to secure the release of the alleged spy Kulbhushan Jadhav, who has been given a death sentence by a military court in Pakistan.