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Pakistan, India border troops exchange fire across LoC

Pakistan and Indian border troops exchanged fire across the Line of Control (LoC) on Sunday morning, Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said

“Indian troops resorted to unprovoked firing in the Battal sector at the LoC this morning. Pakistani troops befittingly responding to Indian fire,” the ISPR said.

No loss of life has been reported as yet.

However, several civilians have been killed and injured on Pakistani side of LoC during recent skirmishes. Daily life activities on both sides of the LoC and working boundary have badly been affected due to intermittent cross-border firing.

Cross-border firing a new normal

Cross-border firing appears to have become a routine as tensions simmer between Pakistan and India following an alleged ‘surgical strike’, unrest in Kashmir and the Uri army base attack.

The Indian deputy high commissioner has been summoned to the Foreign Office several times in protest against ‘unprovoked’ Indian fire and loss of lives due to incidents of cross-border firing.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi stepped up a drive to isolate Pakistan diplomatically after the Uri army base attack last month. Hours after the attack occurred, Indian Home Minister Rajnath Singh termed Pakistan a ‘terrorist state’ and accused Pakistan of involvement.

The Uri attack occurred days before Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was set to address the United Nations General Assembly regarding Indian human rights violations in held Kashmir.

Following the attack, India claimed it had conducted a cross-border ‘surgical strike’ against ‘launch pads of terror’ in Azad Jammu and Kashmir — a claim Pakistan has strongly rejected.

Pakistan maintains that India is attempting to divert the world’s attention away from atrocities committed by government forces in India-held Kashmir.

Pakistan and India have, most recently, locked horns over Kashmir since Indian forces stepped up a crackdown against protesters after Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani was killed by government forces in July.

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