India-Pakistan war fears: ‘Intensive clashes’ as ‘heavy shelling’ erupts in Kashmir

India-Pakistan war fears: ‘Intensive clashes’ as ‘heavy shelling’ erupts in Kashmir

According to reports this evening, there has been heavy shelling in the region. It has not been confirmed whether there have been any casualties as of yet. The clashes are alleged to have taken place in the Poonch district of the Jammu and Kashmir region

Within the Poonch district, the exchange of fire happened along the Line of Control – which separates the two states – in the Balakote sector. 

According to the Kashmir Walla, Pakistani troops allegedly shelled Indian Army posts. 

The Indian Army then retaliated leading to the exchanges. 

The region has been the epicentre of the dispute between both India and Pakistan. 

On Tuesday morning, 15 houses were destroyed after police and paramilitary forces killed two alleged militants in the Kashmir Valley. 

The rain occurred in the city of Srinagar and also saw a policeman and paramilitary trooper injured.

Earlier this month, further violence was reported in Handawar in the region. 

Two officers were killed in the town before three men of the Central Reserve Police Force were killed in a separate attack. 

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Following the militant attack, India conducted airstrikes on what it termed as militant camps. 

Pakistan retaliated with its attack on Indian forces which led to an Indian fighter jet being downed. 

Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman was captured by forces before being returned in a peace gesture. 

Despite tensions de-escalating since the conflict, Prime Minister Narendra Modi wanred Pakistan could be defeated in 10 days if a conflict sparks once again. 

He said: “Pakistan has already lost three wars.

“Our armed forces will not take more than 7-10 days to make Pakistan bite the dust.”

Last year Mr Modi revoked the special status of the region under Article 370 of the constitution.

Under this measure, the region was given partial autonomy in order to formulate its own laws and was a point whereby relations worsened. 

 

Published at Tue, 19 May 2020 18:51:00 +0000