Two Pak­istani sol­diers killed af­ter ‘sur­gi­cal strikes’

Jamaica Gleaner - - INTERNATIONAL NEWS -

NEW DELHI (AP): IN­DIA SAID on Thurs­day that it car­ried out “sur­gi­cal strikes” against mil­i­tants across the highly mil­i­tarised fron­tier that di­vides the Kash­mir re­gion be­tween In­dia and Pak­istan, in an ex­change that es­ca­lated ten­sions be­tween the nu­clear-armed neigh­bours.

Pak­istan dis­missed the re­ports that In­dia’s mil­i­tary had tar­geted “ter­ror­ist launch pads” in­side the Pak­istan-con­trolled part of Kash­mir. Is­lam­abad said in­stead that two of its sol­diers were killed in “unprovoked” fir­ing by In­dia across the bor­der.

Ten­sions, which are al­ways sim­mer­ing be­tween In­dia and Pak­istan, spiked af­ter an at­tack ear­lier this month on an In­dian mil­i­tary base in Kash­mir. In­dia ac­cused Pak­istan of send­ing mil­i­tants be­long­ing to the out­lawed Jaish-e-Mo­hammed group, head­quar­tered in Pak­istan, to carry out the at­tack. Pak­istan de­nied the charge.

HEAVY PRES­SURE

In­dian Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi has been un­der heavy pres­sure to re­spond to the at­tack on the mil­i­tary base.

In­dian of­fi­cials gave few de­tails about the strikes across the dis­puted bor­der late Wed­nes­day night.

“Sig­nif­i­cant ca­su­al­ties were caused to the ter­ror­ists and those who sup­port them,” Lt Gen Ran­bir Singh, di­rec­tor gen­eral of mil­i­tary op­er­a­tions for the In­dian Army, told re­porters in New Delhi. Singh said the op­er­a­tions were over and In­dia has no plans for more strikes. He said he shared de­tails of the strikes with his Pak­istani coun­ter­part.

AP

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