‘Trying to kill a horse’: India’s new war in Kashmir
India’s army has stepped up its war on the disputed Himalayan territory of Kashmir in the latest step in a long-running conflict that has drawn in Beijing, Washington and Moscow.
The army on Sunday fired live ammunition at at least five Pakistani-led militants who were firing at its positions in the border town of Pulwama, a senior army officer said, raising the death toll to at least seven in the cross-border fighting.
The military on Sunday also attacked a village in Pulwamas territory in the north-eastern state of Ladakh.
The Pakistan army said in a statement it was “responding” to the Indian shelling.
It also said the militants fired a missile from the area, which was within its borders.
Indian security officials say the Pakistan army has repeatedly launched air raids against Indian positions in Kashmir and that Pakistani and Indian troops have engaged in heavy fighting along the border in recent weeks.
In April, a Pakistani drone shot down a Russian warplane in a move that led to a series of retaliatory attacks by India.
The war has also caused significant economic damage in the region, with thousands of Pakistani workers leaving the country in search of better opportunities in China and other Asian countries.
China has warned that it will continue to block trade between India and Pakistan.
“China will not tolerate any kind of interference in the internal affairs of any other country,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said in Beijing on Sunday.