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Skirmishes Keep Tensions Simmering Between India and Pakistan

Skirmishes Keep Tensions Simmering Between India and Pakistan

India said it struck at militant training camps, but Islamabad denied any such camps existed, as did villagers in the area when Reuters visited.

The latest wave of tensions began after the militant group Jaish-e-Mohammad claimed responsibility for the February 14 suicide bombing by a Kashmiri militant on Indian paramilitary forces.

Pakistan's military nevertheless said its air force and navy "continue to be alert and vigilant", but that it would respect the ceasefire.

Hostilities escalated rapidly following a suicide vehicle bombing on February 14 that killed at least 40 Indian paramilitary police in Indian-controlled Kashmir.

Pakistan's military says Indian troops have fired across the Line of Control into the Pakistan-controlled portion of the disputed region of Kashmir, killing two civilians and wounding two others.

Since tensions escalated following last month's suicide attack, world leaders have scrambled to head off an all-out war between India and Pakistan.

The US is seeking more information on the potential misuse of American-made F-16 fighter jets by Pakistan against India in violation of the end-user agreement, the State Department has said.

The two South Asian nations have fought three wars in 1948, 1965 and 1971 - two of them over Kashmir - since they were partitioned in 1947.




Indian soldiers stand guard before the release of Indian Air Force pilot Wing Commander Abhinandan, who was captured by Pakistan on Wednesday, at Wagah border, on the outskirts of the northern city of Amritsar, India, March 1, 2019.

The Indian army said Pakistani soldiers attacked Indian posts at several places along the militarized line later Saturday.

In Pakistan-administered Kashmir, a man and a boy were killed by Indian shelling in Nakiyal, said Nasrullah Khan, a hospital official.

Tensions continued to simmer between India and Pakistan following their most serious military clashes in decades as cross-border shots and an operation to root out terror suspects killed at least seven security personnel on both sides. The government is bringing in a unit of commandos to end a gun battle that's gone on for three days in the town of Babagund, on India's side of the Line of Control, it said.

Thousands of people on both sides of Kashmir have fled to government-run temporary shelters or relatives' homes in safer areas to escape shelling along the frontier, which is marked by razor wire, watch towers and bunkers amid tangled bushes, forests and fields of rice and corn.

In Pakistani-administered Kashmir, many displaced families urged the global community to help resolve the issue of Kashmir so that they can live peacefully. "We reaffirm that Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of India and is a matter strictly internal to India", spokesperson for the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) Raveesh Kumar said.

"If India had the procured the Rafale on time then the result of the recent skirmish with Pakistan could have been different", Modi said. "We plan on taking action against extremist groups".

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