First lull in Kashmir since latest India-Pakistan escalation

First lull in Kashmir since latest India-Pakistan escalation

First lull in Kashmir since latest India-Pakistan escalation

The Pakistani army said in a statement that two of its soldiers were killed in Nakiyal in an "exchange of fire while targeting Indian posts undertaking firing on civilian population". But India has been less impressed - accusing Pakistan of breaching the Geneva Convention.

India accuses Pakistan of arming and training the rebels and sending them into Indian-controlled Kashmir to launch attacks against government targets.

"If India had the procured the Rafale on time then the result of the recent skirmish with Pakistan could have been different", Modi said.

The three died after a shell fired by Pakistani soldiers hit their home in Poonch region near the so-called Line of Control that divides the Himalayan territory of Kashmir between the two nuclear-armed rivals, police 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.

Hafiz Muhammad Saeed is a Pakistani Islamist militant, who is a co-founder of Lashkar-e-Taiba and the chief of Jama'at-ud-Da'wah, a UN-designated terrorist organisation operating mainly from Pakistan.

Both leaders also "reiterated their commitment" to the UK-Pakistan bilateral relationship during the interaction, which follows heightened tensions between India and Pakistan following a terrorist attack in Pulwama district of Jammu and Kashmir on February 14.

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Khan also said that he had feared Wednesday night that India might launch a missile attack, but the situation was later defused. They fought a third war in 1979 over East Pakistan, which gained independence with the help of India and became Bangladesh.

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India and Pakistan have been involved in three wars and military standoffs over Kashmir since the partition of British India in 1947.

"By and large the LoC was calm last night but you never know when it will become active again", said Chaudhry Tariq Farooq, a minister in Pakistani Kashmir. Anti-India sentiment runs deep in the region, and most people support the rebels' cause against Indian rule while also participating in civilian street protests against Indian control.

Abhinandan, who ejected to safety but was set upon by a crowd on the Pakistani side of the ceasefire line that divides Kashmir, had a noticeable black eye and was immediately taken for a medical checkup and a debriefing by military and intelligence agencies.

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

Mohammad Latif, a laborer who is taking refuge at a government building vacated for sheltering displaced families, says, "Whenever India fire mortars, it's we who suffer".

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 worldwide community to play its role in resolving the issue of Kashmir so that they can live peacefully.

Pakistan returned the captured Indian pilot on Friday in a high-profile handover that Islamabad touted as a "peace gesture", but both sides remain on high alert.

She mentioned the need for both India and Pakistan to de-escalate tensions, adding that the United Kingdom was in touch with both sides in this regard.

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