Published: Fri, August 16, 2019

Kashmir crisis: India-Pakistan border clashes 'kill several soldiers'

Kashmir crisis: India-Pakistan border clashes 'kill several soldiers'

Modi's Hindu-led nationalist government imposed a lockdown in Indian-administered Kashmir on August 4.

India's top diplomat, foreign secretary Vijay Gokhale, said Monday the restrictions on daily life in Kashmir were "primarily precautionary in nature" and would be lifted gradually. As part of Bukhari's appeal, overseas Pakistanis had been requested to hold protests outside Indian embassies in their respective countries to show solidarity with the people of occupied Kashmir.

In a speech he told the region's Parliament that India planned more extensive action than that in February, when its fighter jets struck inside Pakistan following a dramatic escalation in tension between the rivals.

The military statement said Pakistani troops returned fire, killing five Indian soldiers and damaging Indian bunkers.

Army spokesperson Maj. Gen. Asif Ghafoor said in a tweet Friday that "another courageous son of soil lost his life in the line of duty" in Buttal town.

He threatened to "teach Delhi a lesson" and said the army was preparing to respond to anticipated Indian aggression in Pakistan-administered Kashmir. He claimed that a number of bunkers were damaged and "intermittent exchange of fire continues". "China asked for closed consultations on the Security Council agenda item "India Pakistan Question".

In a speech given on India's Independence Day, Modi proclaimed: "In the past 70 years, the existed system in Jammu and Kashmir encouraged terrorism, nepotism, corruption".

This is the first time Mr Modi or his Bharatiya Janata Party government has directly addressed the topic of population control at such a high level.

"It is good. Everyone will be benefited by this, because every common man will be able to work there and start a business there", Singh said.

On Thursday, turning to his agenda to make India a $5 trillion economy in the next five years, Modi said that the changes in Kashmir will help the region contribute more to India's development.

General VP Malik, who was the Army Chief during the Kargil War, calls this a major step in the national security organisation which was being considered for the last 20 years but nobody took a decision. "I want to warn worldwide community if it allows this to happen, it will have severe repercussions and reactions in the Muslim world setting off radicalisation & cycles violence", he went on to say.

"The ceasefire violations by India are a threat to regional peace and security and may lead to a strategic miscalculation", he said.

In a Twitter post with a black display picture following his government's announcement to observe India's Independence Day as Black Day, Khan accused India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi of repeating the example of deadly 2002 Gujarat riots in the picturesque valley.

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