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3 die in India-Pakistan exchange of fire in Kashmir

Iran Press TV

Tue Aug 4, 2015 12:51PM

Indian and Pakistani soldiers have once again exchanged fire along the de facto border in the disputed region of Kashmir, leaving at least two Pakistanis and an Indian villager dead.

Latest media reports said shelling has forced panic-stricken civilians to leave villages along the de facto border, which divides the disputed Himalayan valley. Senior Indian and Pakistani officials have accused each other of initiating the clashes.

The Pakistani army said in a statement that over a dozen civilians were also wounded after Indian forces used heavy weapons on Tuesday to pound the Bajwat sector. The exchange of fire continued into the afternoon.

According to the statement, Pakistani forces responded with their own barrage to the 'unprovoked firing' by India.

Indian Inspector General Danish Rana, however, held Pakistan responsible for initiating the fire, saying an Indian villager was killed when Pakistani troops targeted a dozen Indian posts in the troubled region.

Witnesses said terrified citizens on both sides fled the area following the intense artillery fire.

Kashmir lies at the heart of almost 68 years of hostility between India and Pakistan. Both neighbors claim the region in full but have partial control over it.

Islamabad and New Delhi have fought three wars, two of which were launched over Kashmir, since their independence from the British colonial rule in 1947.

In 2003, India and Pakistan agreed to a ceasefire along the so-called Line of Control (LoC) in Kashmir, and launched peace talks a year later. The process was, however, suspended after over 160 people lost their lives in the 2008 Mumbai terrorist attacks, which New Delhi blamed on Pakistan-based militants.



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