Civilians die in India, Pakistan clashes

Civilians die in India, Pakistan clashes

Civilians die in India, Pakistan clashes

India says it will not share proof that a "very large number" of militants were killed in air strikes near the disputed border in Kashmir last week, a top Indian minister said on Saturday.

JeM is said to have claimed responsibility for a suicide attack carried out last month by a Kashmiri youth in Pulwama area of Indian Occupied Kashmir in which dozens of Indian soldiers were killed.

Family members of a boy, who was killed by Indian shelling, mourn next his casket at a village in Hatian Bala, 40 kilometers from Muzafarabad, capital of Pakistani Kashmir, Saturday, March 2, 2019.

The crisis between both countries flared up on February 14 when a suicide vehicle bomb targeted 40 Indian paramilitary police personnel in the Indian part of the disputed border region of Kashmir.

Instead of giving any evidence of the cross-border strikes by the Indian Air Force, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had himself "questioned" them by his remarks that the country was feeling the absence of Rafale fighter jets as the results could have been different if India had these aircraft.

It marked the first fatalities for Pakistani troops since Wednesday, when tensions dramatically escalated between the nuclear-armed neighbors over Kashmir, which is split between them but claimed by both in its entirety.

Indian inmates beat the man to death in revenge for the February 14 terrorist attack on Indian forces in Kashmir, according to Pakistan's foreign ministry.

The president added that he spoke with his Pakistani counterpart Arif Alvi and Prime Minister Imran Khan to exchange how to defuse the situtation.

Al Jazeera's Rahman said the India-Pakistan standoff is likely to be a major issue in the Indian general election, due in April and May.

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India said it struck at militant training camps, but Islamabad denied any such camps existed, as did some villagers in the area when Reuters visited.

Tensions have been running high since Indian aircraft launched a strike in Pakistan on Tuesday in response to a February 14 suicide bombing in Indian-controlled Kashmir that killed 40 troops.

The Qatari Emir underscored the importance of immediate de-escalation and offered his facilitation in this regard, the Foreign Office Spokesman said in a statement on Sunday.

Since the escalation, world leaders have scrambled to head off an all-out war between the archrivals.

"Pakistani forces responded befittingly and targeted Indian posts". "One teenager has been killed and four wounded in Nakyal sector", Raja Moazzam, a senior official in Pakistan-administered Kashmir, told AFP Saturday.

Pakistani officials have handed an Indian pilot captured from a downed plane over to India at the border crossing at Wagah in a "gesture of peace".

"Whenever India fires mortars, it's we who suffer", said Mohammad Latif, a laborer who took refuge at a government building that was vacated for sheltering displaced families. Kashmir has already been the site of two wars between India and Pakistan.

Mughal reported from Muzafarabad, Pakistan.

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