India, Pakistan in new gunfire in Kashmir

The recent cross border shelling and firing between the two countries killed at least 20 people on both sides, according to Indian and Pakistani officials.

India, Pakistan in new gunfire in Kashmir

World Bulletin/News Desk

India and Pakistan exchanged gunfire across the Kashmir frontier on Saturday, Indian military officials said, ending a pause in fighting 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 fighting.

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.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Friday Pakistan had been taught a “befitting lesson” with recent strong retaliatory strikes.

He was addressing an election rally in Dhamangaon in the eastern region of western state of Maharashtra, 700kms east of Mumbai city. 

“Pakistan has been taught a befitting lesson. They will not dare to repeat it again. Our soldiers have shut their mouths,” Modi said.

Modi criticized the Congress party, the principal opposition party in India, which accused his government of going “soft” over Pakistan. 

“Congress is busy giving statements over what is happening on the Pakistan border. This not the time for empty talk by them, but for bullet by our soldiers,” the prime minister said.

The recent cross border shelling and firing between the two countries killed at least 20 people on both sides, according to Indian and Pakistani officials.

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