Pak­istan cap­tures In­dian soldier along dis­puted Kashmir bor­der

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Pak­istan cap­tured an In­dian soldier on its side of the dis­puted Kashmir bor­der, In­dian of­fi­cials told CNN, as ten­sions con­tinue to rise be­tween the two nu­clear neigh­bors.

The soldier in­ad­ver­tently crossed the bor­der to the Pak­istani side of the Line of Con­trol, which di­vides the In­dian and Pak­istani-ad­min­is­tered por­tion of Kashmir, said Colonel Ro­han Anand, press of­fi­cer for the In­dian Army. He added that the In­dian and Pak­istani mil­i­taries were in talks for the soldier’s re­lease. The ar­rest comes at a rocky time for In­dia-Pak­istan re­la­tions, in the wake of cross-bor­der clashes that left two Pak­istani sol­diers dead.

In­dia con­ducts ‘sur­gi­cal at­tacks’

The two sol­diers were killed along the de-facto bor­der Thurs­day in what In­dia called “sur­gi­cal at­tacks” to foil a “ter­ror­ist at­tack.”

Pak­istan has in­sisted that no in­cur­sion took place into the ter­ri­tory it con­trols, say­ing there had only been an ex­change of fire. Af­ter an emer­gency cab­i­net meet­ing on Fri­day, the Prime Min­is­ter’s of­fice said in a state­ment that the cab­i­net “joined the Prime Min­is­ter in com­pletely re­ject­ing the In­dian claims of car­ry­ing out “sur­gi­cal strikes.” On Fri­day evening, the Pak­istani leader’s of­fice con­firmed it would con­vene a meet­ing of Heads of Par­lia­men­tary Par­ties on Mon­day to dis­cuss the cri­sis. The United Na­tions said it was “fol­low­ing this sit­u­a­tion with great con­cern” and urged both sides to ex­er­cise re­straint.

Killed Pak­istani sol­diers, Naik Im­tiaz (left), and Hav­il­dar Jumma Khan.

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