In­dian cross-bor­der fir­ing kills nine on Kash­mir bus

The Myanmar Times - - World -

AT least nine peo­ple were killed and seven oth­ers wounded in cross­bor­der fir­ing which hit a Pak­istani bus in dis­puted Kash­mir yes­ter­day, of­fi­cials said, in the lat­est deadly skir­mish be­tween In­dia and Pak­istan.

The in­ci­dent came a day af­ter In­dia said three of its sol­diers had been killed by Pak­istani troops and threat­ened “retri­bu­tion”, a claim that was an­grily re­jected by Pak­istan.

Yes­ter­day’s vi­o­lence took place in Nag­dar vil­lage in Pak­istani-held Kash­mir’s scenic Neelum Val­ley – a pop­u­lar tourist spot.

Lo­cal ad­min­is­tra­tion of­fi­cial Sar­dar Wa­heed said fir­ing was con­tin­u­ing, prevent­ing am­bu­lances from reach­ing the scene.

“In­dian troops tar­get­ted a civil Bus near LoC [the Line of Con­trol] in Nee­lam [sic] val­ley,” the mil­i­tary said in an emailed state­ment. In a sep­a­rate state­ment it said that “in­tense fir­ing” was on­go­ing.

“At least nine peo­ple have been killed and seven oth­ers wounded,” the Speaker of Pak­istani Kash­mir’s leg­isla­tive as­sem­bly, Shah Ghu­lam Qadir, told a press con­fer­ence in the city of Muzaffarabad.

On Novem­ber 22 the In­dian army ac­cused Pak­istan of send­ing sol­diers across the LoC, the de facto bor­der that di­vides Kash­mir, and killing three of its sol­diers, adding that one of the bod­ies had been “mu­ti­lated”.

But Pak­istan an­grily re­jected the claim in a se­ries of tweets from a for­eign min­istry spokesper­son call­ing it “base­less” and a “fab­ri­ca­tion”.

Ten­sions in the long-dis­puted Hi­malayan re­gion reached dan­ger­ous lev­els in Septem­ber, af­ter In­dia blamed Pak­istani mil­i­tants for a raid on an army base that killed 19 sol­diers.

There have since been re­peated out­breaks of cross-bor­der fir­ing, with both sides re­port­ing deaths and in­juries in­clud­ing of civil­ians.

Sev­eral rebel groups have for decades fought In­dian sol­diers for in­de­pen­dence for the re­gion or its merger with Pak­istan.

The con­flict has killed tens of thou­sands of peo­ple, mostly civil­ians, on both sides of the line of con­trol. –

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