In­dia de­fends shelling that killed Pak­istan troops

Muscat Daily - - WORLD -

New Delhi, In­dia - In­dia has de­fended shelling across a dis­puted bor­der that al­legedly killed four Pak­istani sol­diers, say­ing on Mon­day it had the right to re­tal­i­ate over ‘cease­fire vi­o­la­tions’ in the Kash­mir re­gion.

The mil­i­tary heads of In­dia and Pak­istan spoke by phone af­ter Is­lam­abad ac­cused New Delhi of bomb­ing one of its mil­i­tary ve­hi­cles on Sun­day, killing four of its troops in Pak­istan-ad­min­is­tered Kash­mir.

In a state­ment fol­low­ing the call, the In­dian army said that ‘all cease­fire vi­o­la­tions were ini­ti­ated by Pak­istan Army and the In­dian Army only re­sponded ap­pro­pri­ately to them’.

In­dia was also tar­get­ing ‘armed in­trud­ers’ at­tempt­ing to cross the Line of Con­trol - the de facto Kash­mir bor­der - in close prox­im­ity to Pak­istani army posts, the state­ment added.

The In­dian army said it wanted peace at the bor­der but ‘re­served the right to re­tal­i­ate ap­pro­pri­ately’ for cease­fire vi­o­la­tions.

Ten­sions be­tween the two sides reached dan­ger­ous lev­els last Septem­ber, with both sides blam­ing one an­other for cross­bor­der raids.

In Novem­ber, at least nine peo­ple were killed when In­dian cross-bor­der fire hit a pas­sen­ger bus in the Neelum Val­ley, the same re­gion where the four Pak­istani troops were al­legedly killed.

On Mon­day, a nine year old girl and a soldier were killed in In­dia’s Jammu and Kash­mir af­ter Pak­istani troops fired along the bor­der in Poonch district, the Press Trust of In­dia re­ported.

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