India, Pakistan intensify cross-border firing as ties sour

SRINAGAR India – Indian and Pakistani troops intensified firing across the border over the weekend killing at least four, an Indian official said on Sunday, straining ties between the arch rivals who recently called off top-level diplomatic talks.

The Himalayan region of Kashmir has been a bone of contention between India and Pakistan since both countries became independent in 1947. They have fought three wars and came close to a fourth in 2001 and there have been regular clashes on the Line of Control that divides Indian- and Pakistan-controlled Kashmir.

Giving ammunition to hawks on both the sides against resuming talks, firing across the border has picked up.

According to India’s Defense Ministry, there have been 70 ceasefire violations by Pakistan in Jammu and Kashmir since Modi took over.

“Pakistani troops violated ceasefire again today and restored to heavy firing targeting 22 Border Security Force (BSF) posts,” BSF Inspector General for Jammu frontier, Rakesh Sharma, told Reuters.

Pakistani media reported on Sunday that three people were killed and 11 injured in “unprovoked firing” by Indian troops.

BSF says Pakistani troops are firing to give cover to the militants for infiltration into Indian territory.

A senior Indian army officer said that they have foiled 15 infiltration attempts this month in which 10 militants and two Indian soldiers were killed.

Full article: India, Pakistan intensify cross-border firing as ties sour (Today Online)

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