Four Security Personnel Killed as Encounter in Indian Kashmir Enters Second Day

Mar 04, 2019, 00:50
Four Security Personnel Killed as Encounter in Indian Kashmir Enters Second Day

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

Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said on Sunday that the Narendra Modi government have put Kashmir on the agendas of worldwide forums - a development always avoided by the previous Indian governments.

"Innocent civilians on this side and the other side of the border are getting killed, injured and dislocated and their properties are being damaged".

A Central Reserve Police Force official said two members of the force were killed during an encounter that has lasted more than 48 hours.

The session took place amidst simmering tensions between India and Pakistan in the wake of "surgical strikes" and military confrontation over the past one week.

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The return of the Pakistani prisoner's body came a day after Pakistan returned a captured Indian air force pilot whose plane was shot down and crashed in Pakistan-controlled Kashmir earlier this week. But on Sunday it was relatively quiet near the de facto border of Kashmir, the source of two of the three wars India and Pakistan have fought since independence from Britain in 1947.

Pakistan retaliated, shooting down a MiG-21 fighter jet Wednesday and detained its pilot, who was returned to India on Friday in a peace gesture.

The Indian Air Force on February 28 displayed parts of an AMRAAM beyond visual range air-to-air missile as evidence to "conclusively" prove that Pakistan deployed US-manufactured F-16 fighter jets during an aerial raid targeting Indian military installations in Kashmir after India's anti-terror operation in Balakot. India long has accused Pakistan of cultivating such militant groups to attack it. Pakistan has said it was not involved in that attack and was ready to help New Delhi in the investigation.

"As regards the resolutions on Jammu and Kashmir, our stand is consistent and well known".

Since then, shelling between both sides has not stopped.

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Hundreds of people who were forced to flee border villagers this week amid a dramatic escalation of hostilities between Pakistan and India have urged the global community to play its role in resolving the issue of Kashmir so that they can live peacefully.

In this image made from video provided by PTV, Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman walks to cross the border into India, in Wagah, Pakistan.

"Whenever India fires mortars, it's we who suffer", said Mohammad Latif, a laborer who took refuge at a government building that was vacated for sheltering displaced families.

"If we want to save humanity, we must tell the states who provide shelter and funding to terrorists, to dismantle the infrastructure of the terrorist camps and stop providing funding shelter and funding to the terror organization based in that country", Swaraj said in her address.

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