Kashmir shelling resumes after release of captured Indian pilot

Kashmir shelling resumes after release of captured Indian pilot

Kashmir shelling resumes after release of captured Indian pilot

Two Pakistani army soldiers were killed in Nakiyal sector in one cross border exchange of fire, the Pakistan military said.

The official said a civilian was killed in later protests over the clash.

Tens of thousands of Indian and Pakistani soldiers face off along the Kashmir boundary known as the Line of Control, in one of the world's most volatile regions. It said there were reports of troop casualties on the Indian side.

Following a lull lasting a few hours, shelling and firing of small arms resumed Saturday. A Pakistani military statement said two civilians were killed and two others wounded in the fresh fighting.

Pakistan, however, released the captured pilot on Friday as a "gesture of peace". "Azerbaijan supports all efforts aimed at ending the violence, as well as to ensure peace, security and prosperity in the region according to the norms and principles of worldwide law and the relevant UN Security Council resolutions".

India and Pakistan have been locked into a dispute over the territory of Kashmir since partition in 1947.

Pakistan dismissed the attack as a failure. Confirming that the government had received a dossier, the Foreign Office spokesperson had said that Pakistan will act on the prime minister's directions if actionable evidence had been provided. As the nation waits for Abhinandan Varthaman, Bollywood celebs have been expressing their happiness on his arrival back in India. Parliament and government under leadership of PM Imran Khan shown unity and manifested aspirations of people of Pakistan into their actions, he said adding that people of Pakistan are standing by decisions of Parliament and government.

Indian media slammed the video as "distasteful" and said it breached global norms for prisoners of war. Pakistan's World News Observer reported on Friday that Lockheed Martin - the F-16's manufacturer - was planning a lawsuit against the Indian government for falsely claiming to have shot down the Pakistani jet "for political gains".

This comes after Imran Khan's Government chose to release on Friday Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, the Indian pilot who crashed his plane on enemy soil on Wednesday following a dogfight with Pakistani JF-17 on Wednesday.

Tensions between India and Pakistan flared up after Pakistan-based terror group JeM killed 40 CRPF personnel in Kashmir on 14 February.

Crowds of Indians gathered at the main border crossing between Pakistan and India Friday ready to welcome an Indian pilot captured by Pakistan earlier this week.

"The Pakistani Army is a very professional service", he said.

The body was handed over to Pakistani authorities at the northeastern Wagah border.

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".

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