India, Pakistan in new gunfire in Kashmir
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[October 11, 2014]
JAMMU India (Reuters) - India and
Pakistan exchanged gunfire across the Kashmir frontier on Saturday,
Indian military officials said, ending a pause in fighting that has
already killed 17 civilians in the two countries in the worst skirmishes
in a decade.
After nine days of attacking each other with mortars and heavy
machine guns, the two armies abruptly stopped fighting on Thursday
night, although their governments kept up the war of words blaming
the other of launching unprovoked fire.
But on Saturday, Pakistan border guards targeted 10 Indian border
posts in the Poonch sector, an Indian army official said. "Our
troops retaliated. Heavy firing is going on," he said.
There was no immediate report of casualties.
There was also no word from Pakistan on the latest outbreak of
Both sides have blamed the other for triggering a crisis on the
border, with Pakistan suggesting that India's new government led by
nationalist Prime Minister Narendra Modi was flexing its muscles on
the dispute over Kashmir, the cause of two wars.
New Delhi says Pakistan has ratcheted up tensions to keep alive the
67-year-old dispute and vowed a strong response to any Pakistani
attempt to stir up trouble in the Muslim-majority region where India
is trying to end an armed revolt.
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"Pakistan wants to internationalize the Kashmir issue, but they have
failed in it. They have failed in infiltrating terrorists - they
want to give cover to them by firing at our posts. We gave them a
befitting reply," army lieutenant general K.H. Singh said.
The two sides agreed a ceasefire in 2003 which has frayed over the
past two years.
(Reporting by Sanjeev Miglani and Fayaz Bukhari; editing by Malini
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