1000’s Relocated As India, Pakistan Exchange Fresh Fire

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 SRINAGAR:India relocated more than 10,000 people from around the disputed border area of Kashmir as tensions with Pakistan continue to escalate.

Pakistan and India exchanged fresh fire across the Kashmir border Saturday, the Pakistani military said, with Indian officials stating there was no damage as tensions rise between the nuclear-armed rivals.

“Pakistani troops befittingly responded to Indian unprovoked firing” which started at 4:00 am (2300 GMT) and continued for four hours in Bhimber sector on the Pakistani side of the border, a military statement said.

There was no mention of casualties though.

“There was small arms fire and mortar shells fire from across the border in Akhnoor sector which lasted for around two hours (4:00 a.m. to 6:00 a.m.),” Pawan Kotwal, a top civilian official in Jammu and Kashmir told a reporter.

“No damage was caused. We are ready for any eventuality but it is peaceful in Jammu region.”

The skirmish came two days after India claimed it had carried out “surgical strikes” across the heavily militarized Line of Control (LoC), the de facto border in the disputed territory, on what it called “terrorist” targets several kilometres inside Pakistan-controlled Kashmir.

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