Pakistan accuses India of attack on border posts.
|Pakistan blames Indian forces for the attack Sunday on the|
borders of Pakistan and India. (File Photo: AFP)
The fighting is the latest in a spate of recent cross-border skirmishes between the two nuclear-armed neighbors who have fought three wars since independence from the British rule in 1947, two over the Muslim-majority region of Kashmir.
Tensions have recently flared up in the heavily militarized Kashmir valley with both accusing each other of cross-border firings but Sunday’s incident took place near the border in neighboring Punjab province.
“Indian Border Security Forces resorted to unprovoked firing on Pakistani Rangers posts near Pukhlian, Head Marala area, in Sialkot sector,” a senior military official, told AFP.
“Intermittent exchange of fire continues. No loss reported so far,” the official added on condition of anonymity because he is not authorized to talk to media.
Indian Defense Minister A. K. Antony on Thursday hinted at stronger military action along the Line of Control (LoC) in Kashmir after Delhi accused Pakistan’s army of involvement in a deadly overnight ambush on Monday that killed five Indian soldiers.
Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif tried to ease tensions with India by urging both sides to work swiftly to shore up a 10-year ceasefire threatened by the recent attacks.(Courtesy:Al Arabia)