In­dian, Chi­nese sol­diers get into scuf­fle in Ladakh

UN chief asks In­dia, Pak to set­tle Kash­mir through talks

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New Delhi: Bor­der ten­sions be­tween In­dia and China flared up yet again on Wed­nes­day with a pro­longed con­fronta­tion be­tween the ri­val troops in eastern Ladakh, even as the In­dian Army gets all set to hold a ma­jor war game to test its new in­te­grated bat­tle groups (IBGs) in Arunachal Pradesh next month.

Sources said the face-off be­tween In­dian and Chi­nese sol­diers be­gan on the north­ern bank of the 134-km­long Pan­gong Tso, twothirds of which is con­trolled by China as it ex­tends from Ti­bet to Ladakh, soon af­ter dawn on Wed­nes­day.

“In­dian sol­diers were on a patrol when they were con­fronted by Peo­ple’s Lib­er­a­tion Army sol­diers, who

strongly ob­jected to their pres­ence in the area. This led to a scuf­fle be­tween the ri­val sol­diers, with both sides send­ing some reinforcem­ents to the area… the face-off was in progress at the site till the evening,” said a source.

United Nations sec­re­tary gen­eral An­to­nio Guter­res, who has had con­tacts with the leadership in In­dia and Pak­istan, was “very con­cerned about any po­ten­tial es­ca­la­tion” be­tween the two coun­tries over Kash­mir and “appeals to both sides to deal with the is­sue through di­a­logue”, his spokesper­son, Stephane Du­jar­ric, said at a press brief­ing at the UN on Tues­day.

Guter­res had met PM Naren­dra Modi on the side­lines of the G7 Sum­mit last month and spoke to Pak­istan for­eign min­is­ter S M Qureshi over the is­sue. “The sit­u­a­tion in Kash­mir can only be solved with the full re­spect of hu­man rights,” Du­jar­ric said on Tues­day.

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