Published On: Sat, Oct 5th, 2019

India-Pakistan news: Fears of war surge after Khan’s troops accused of shelling rivals | World | News

Tensions between the two nuclear armed rivals exploded earlier this year after Indian warplanes bombed suspected militant camps in Pakistan. This triggered clashes between the powers during which at least one Indian jet was shot down, with its pilot being captured.

The Indian military accused its Pakistani counterparts of shelling border areas for nine hours on Thursday, then again on Friday.

They claim the impact was focused on the Poonch district of contested Kashmir.

However, there are no reports of any casualties.

The India Today newspaper reported: “The mortar shelling and small arms firing from across the border was intense in Shahpur, where a number of shells also fell in the close vicinity of revered shrine of famous Sufi saint Sain Baba Miran Bakash.

“The officials added that the firing and shelling continued for about nine hours on Thursday.

Panic gripped the border residents as Pakistani mortar shelling continued with the sounds of explosions also heard in Poonch town.”

The Pakistani military has yet to comment on the latest allegations.

In the past it has denied firing over the India-Pakistan border.

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Jaish-e-Mohammed, a Pakistan based Islamist group, claimed responsibility for the attack.

In response on February 26 Indian airforce aircraft bombed a number of suspected Jaish-e-Mohammed camps over the border, violating Pakistani sovereignty.

According to the Indian Government this resulted in the deaths of “a very large number of Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorists, trainers, senior commanders and groups of jihadis”.

The incident was the first time since the 1971 Indo-Pakistani war that the border was crossed by warplanes from either country.

A day later Pakistan retaliated by bombing empty fields on what it claimed was the Indian side of the border in an apparent show of force.

An Indian military jet was shot down and its pilot, wing commander Abhinandan Varthaman, taken prisoner.

He has since been released by the Pakistani military.

There have been regular reports of cross-border clashes between Indian and Pakistani forces.

On August 5 the Indian government revoked the special status held by Jammu and Kashmir, angering Pakistan.

Ten days later three Pakistani soldiers and two civilians were killed in an exchange of fire between Indian and Pakistani forces.

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