Pak­istan navy ‘pushed’ In­dian sub­ma­rine clear of its wa­ters

Kuwait Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

KARACHI: The Pak­istani navy de­tected an In­dian sub­ma­rine off the Pak­istani coast and pre­vented it from en­ter­ing its wa­ters, it said in a state­ment yes­ter­day, as ten­sion be­tween the nu­clear-armed ri­vals sim­mers.

The sub­ma­rine was de­tected “south of the Pak­istani coast” on Mon­day, the navy said in a press re­lease. “There­after, de­spite the sub­ma­rine’s des­per­ate ef­forts to es­cape de­tec­tion, it was con­tin­u­ously tracked by Pak­istan Navy Fleet units and pushed well clear of our wa­ters,” the press re­lease said. The navy also re­leased footage and pho­to­graphs of what it was said was the sub­ma­rine try­ing to en­ter Pak­istani wa­ters. The In­dian navy was not im­me­di­ately avail­able for com­ment. Re­la­tions be­tween Pak­istan and In­dia have been strained for sev­eral months, while cross-fron­tier shelling has in­ten­si­fied lead­ing to deaths of civil­ians and sol­diers sta­tioned along the dis­puted fron­tier.

Kash­mir lies at the heart of the ten­sion be­tween In­dia and Pak­istan and the coun­tries have fought two of their three wars over the re­gion since par­ti­tion and in­de­pen­dence from Bri­tain in 1947.

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