Sunday, October 2, 2016

India, Pakistan border firing escalates rift

India, Pakistan border firing escalates rift

UN offers mediation

New Delhi: India-Pakistan tension escalated afresh on Saturday, 1st October, 2016  as forces of the two countries exchanged fire along the border in Jammu and Kashmir, sparking international concerns with UN chief Ban-Ki Moon offering mediation to negotiate peace between the rival neighbours.
The skirmish in the Akhnoor sector of the International Boundary that caused no casualties came days after India claimed to have conduced deadly surgical strikes at terror launch pads in Pakistan-administered Kashmir.
Defence sources in Jammu said Pakistan Rangers targeted Indian posts and civilian areas with mortar bombs and heavy machine guns. Indian border forces retaliated but no damage was reported on the either side, they said.
Both sides accused the other of resorting to unprovoked fire in the latest violation of the 2003 ceasefire agreement.

It was the fifth breach of the truce in the past four days when military tension rose following the Indian covert anti-terror operation across the Line of Control (LoC) – the 740 km de facto border that divides Jammu and Kashmir between India and Pakistan.

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