At least 19 killed in the lat­est In­dia-Pak­istan bor­der clash

Kuwait Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

In­dia and Pak­istan yes­ter­day tal­lied at least 19 deaths in re­cent fir­ing across their dis­puted bor­der in Kash­mir, where the nu­clear-armed neigh­bors are en­gag­ing in in­creas­ingly in­tense ar­tillery du­els. Ten­sion over the Hi­malayan re­gion has run high since a Septem­ber cross-bor­der raid on an army base killed 19 In­dian sol­diers, prompt­ing what New Delhi called re­tal­ia­tory “sur­gi­cal strikes” against Is­lamist mil­i­tants in Pak­istan.

Each ac­cuses the other of re­peat­edly vi­o­lat­ing a 2003 cease­fire. On the diplo­matic front, al­ready chilly re­la­tions have gone into the deep freeze fol­low­ing re­cent tit-for-tat ex­pul­sions of diplo­mats. Both sides also dis­pute each other’s ver­sion of events that come against the back­drop of height­ened ten­sion in In­di­an­ruled Kash­mir af­ter se­cu­rity forces killed a sep­a­ratist field com­man­der in July.

Pak­istan of­fi­cials said at least four peo­ple were killed and five in­jured in its part of Kash­mir on Mon­day, as the arch-ri­vals ex­changed heavy fire con­cen­trated in Pak­istan’s Nakyal sec­tor along the Line of Con­trol. “It ap­pears as if a full blown war is go­ing on be­tween In­dia and Pak­istan,” said Mo­ham­mad Saeed, a res­i­dent of the vil­lage of Mohra in the re­gion. “Please have mercy and stop it,” he said, speak­ing to Reuters by tele­phone amid the sound of gun­shots. Six peo­ple were killed and 10 in­jured in Nakyal and the ad­ja­cent Tatta Pani sec­tor last Fri­day and Satur­day, Pak­istan has said.

On the In­dian side of the Line of Con­trol, seven peo­ple - in­clud­ing three women and two chil­dren - were killed on Tues­day, in Pak­istani shelling along the Ram­garh sec­tor in Jammu and Kash­mir, a se­nior po­lice of­fi­cer said. On Mon­day, an In­dian sol­dier and a civil­ian were killed along the line of con­trol in Kash­mir in the Ra­jouri sec­tor on the Line of Con­trol, an In­dian army spokesman said. The in­creas­ing cross-bor­der fir­ing is rais­ing fears that mil­i­tary es­ca­la­tion could trig­ger a po­ten­tially dev­as­tat­ing nu­clear ex­change over Kash­mir, the bone of con­tention that has sparked two of the three wars be­tween In­dia and Pak­istan since par­ti­tion and in­de­pen­dence from Bri­tain in 1947. —Reuters

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