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Civilians, soldiers killed after India, Pakistan trade fire on Kashmir border

Civilians, soldiers killed after India, Pakistan trade fire on Kashmir border

Prime Minister Imran apprised the British premier of Pakistan's perspective on the developments since the Pulwama incident, in which almost four dozen Indian soldiers were killed when a young Kashmiri drove a vehicle full of explosives into a military convoy in the Indian Occupied Kashmir district on February 14.

India and Pakistan came to the brink of war this week as tensions escalated following a suicide vehicle bombing that killed at least 40 Indian paramilitary police in Indian-controlled Kashmir.

Locals revealed that the intense clashes sparked fear in nearby villages.

Pakistan's civil aviation authority said on Sunday it was allowing restricted operations at the Allama Iqbal worldwide airport in the eastern city of Lahore.

Since tensions escalated following last month's suicide attack, world leaders have scrambled to head off an all-out war between India and Pakistan.

Pakistan retaliated, shooting down the MiG-21 fighter jet on Wednesday and capturing Varthaman.

Jaitley dismissed suggestions that the rapid escalation in tensions with Pakistan had anything to do with India's domestic politics ahead of a general election due by May.

Pakistan returned the captured Indian pilot on Friday in a high-profile handover Islamabad touted as a "peace gesture", which appeared to significantly dial down tensions, but both sides remain on high alert. India's military said that Pakistan was firing mortar shells across the LoC.

He further said that Indian aircraft were effectively intercepted by Pakistani Air Force jets and forced to withdraw while randomly releasing their ordnance that landed in Pakistan's uninhabited remote area.

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"We condemn this abject surrender of national interest, in the strongest possible terms and ask Modi and the Swaraj is this the big diplomatic success they have been touting", Tewari said. Islamabad denies any of its aircraft were shot down.

Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed terror group had claimed responsibility for the suicide attack in which 40 CRPF soldiers were killed. The Indian army said Pakistani troops attacked Indian posts at several places along the militarized line.

However, Indian and Pakistani forces continued their fierce artillery barrages across the Line of Control (LoC) that acts as a de facto border in the disputed Kashmir region, with several deaths.

Prime Minister Theresa May has spoken with her Pakistani counterpart Imran Khan about the tense situation in Kashmir.

India's participation came despite strong demand by Pakistan to rescind the invitation to Swaraj to address the grouping which was turned down by the host UAE, resulting in Pakistan's Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi boycotting the plenary.

"These battles are fought on our bodies, in our homes and fields, and we still don't have anything in our hands".

Sakina, a young woman who fled to a shelter with her two children, said the frequent shelling had made them "homeless in our own land". He also urged them to help resolve the Kashmir issue as per the United Nations (UN) resolutions.

Mughal reported from Muzafarabad, Pakistan.


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