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India vs Pakistan tension soar in disputed Kashmir after ‘ceasefire violation’

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On Thursday the Indian military announced a “ceasefire violation” in the Krishna Ghati sector of Poonch district and in the Nowgam sector of the Anantnag district in the disputed Kashmir region. New Delhi blamed Pakistan for the deaths of three of its soldiers who were positioned along the Line of Actual Control, LAC, between the opposing sides. Indian then threatened a “befitting response” to the deaths of its personnel in the disputed sectors.

Also this week Pakistan claimed Indian troops killed a soldier and a civilian teenager in an “indiscriminate and unprovoked firing”.

Pakistan then sent for India’s charge d’affaires in Islamabad “to register Pakistan’s protest” over the deaths.

The Pakistani Foreign Ministry has claimed India has made 2,387 ceasefire violations this year.

In a statement, Pakistan has accused India of “the deplorable targeting of innocent civilians” in the Kashmir region.

The statement from Pakistan added: “These egregious violations of international law reflect consistent Indian attempts to escalate the situation along the LAC and are a threat to regional peace and security.

“It was added that by raising tensions along the LoC and the WB, India cannot divert attention from the grave human rights situation in the Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir.”

The whole disputed area has been in military lockdown for over a year.

India has increasingly reinforced its military presence in the region since it formally dissolved the Jammu and Kashmir state into two federal territories last year.

This was part of a move to tighten its grip over the region.

Pakistan and India have clashed in the disputed border area for more than 70 years.

UN peacekeepers have been stationed in the region under the name of the United Nations Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan, or UNMOGIP.

The purpose of the group is to monitor the cease-fire line between the two nations since independence from the UK in 1947.

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The UNMOGIP observes both sides in a challenging political and security environment.

Speaking to Newsweek a UN Peacekeeping spokesperson: “The Mission investigates alleged ceasefire violations complaints in a timely fashion within the constraints of difficult operating terrain,”

“Only Pakistan has continued to lodge alleged ceasefire violation complaints with the Mission over the past years.

“India has maintained that UNMOGIP’s mandate has lapsed since the signing of the Simla Agreement in 1972.”

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