Indian, Chinese soldiers get into scuffle in Ladakh
UN chief asks India, Pak to settle Kashmir through talks
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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