India-Pakistan Tensions Spike as Two Sides Trade Fire Across the Border

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Indian soldiers patrol near the Line of Control, which divides the Indian- and Pakistani-controlled halves of Kashmir, in the Poonch district on Aug. 8, 2013

After a weekend of escalating tensions in the disputed territory of Kashmir, the Indian army on Monday again accused Pakistan of violating the 2003 cease-fire at the border between the two countries. A spokesperson for the Defense Ministry told the Indian press that Pakistani troops had targeted Indian military posts with heavy firing for several hours early Monday morning, from around 1:50 a.m. to 6 a.m., in what the government says is Pakistan’s fifth cease-fire violation in the past three days. No deaths were reported overnight.

Pakistan in turn accused India of launching “unprovoked” artillery fire across the Line of Control (LoC), which divides the Indian- and Pakistani-controlled halves of Kashmir, claiming that the shelling had killed a civilian and severely injured another. The Pakistani military said that the Indians had also opened fire on two check posts.

(MORE: India-Pakistan Tensions Find Deadly Echo in Afghanistan)

The tumult comes less than a week after the Indian government accused Pakistani specialist troops of killing five Indian soldiers on Aug. 6 in the Poonch district along the LoC. Pakistan denied any role in that attack, but the event nevertheless quickly rekindled the long-standing ill will between the nuclear-armed neighbors.

Before last week, Pakistan’s new Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had made overtures to New Delhi to get the governments’ relations back on track. Both countries stand to benefit greatly from increased trade and regional security cooperation, particularly ahead of the pullout of foreign troops from Afghanistan in 2014. A date was being worked out for the resumption of bilateral talks, and plans were under way for a meeting between Sharif and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh next month in the U.S.

Now all of that may be on hold, as the two governments’ are seemingly once again consumed with lobbing accusations of “unprovoked attacks” at each other while civilians in the region endure another spasm of violence. In an online poll currently running on Indian news website Firstpost.com, 85% of responders say they think India should call off talks with Pakistan.

(MORE: After Killings in Kashmir, India-Pakistan Relations Are Back on the Rocks)

After the military clashes resumed on the border last week, communal riots between Muslim and Hindu groups started in the Kishtwar district of Jammu and quickly spread to other areas in the region. At least two people were killed and dozens were injured in the chaos, and curfews have been imposed in several districts. On Monday, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah announced on Twitter that he had ordered a judicial inquiry into the violence, and New Delhi has also requested a report from the state on the weekend’s events.

The outbreak of communal violence and its repercussions is being hotly debated in the so-called monsoon session of Parliament that is now under way in New Delhi. Both upper and lower houses were adjourned after rowdy disruptions over the issue in the morning, and statements are expected from both the opposition leadership and government.

Meanwhile in Islamabad, Pakistani media has reported that the government is considering whether to recall diplomatic staff in New Delhi because of concerns for their safety.

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64 comments
SeshagiriRaoR
SeshagiriRaoR

Why doesnt US speak a word against Pakistan???? Is US afraid of another terror strike. I dont think it will be racial to call a thief a thief..,

xouss
xouss

@TIME @TIMEWorld: End game in AFG prompted regional superiority & control. India on back foot in AFG, Bullying to retain face among voters

Leyaquette
Leyaquette

@TIME @TIMEWorld Sir, please encourage them 2 start a real war ie fight 2 finish cos Hindu hogs understand violence only n they need a bang?

ichbinfari
ichbinfari

@TIME @TIMEWorld because there are elections in 2014 and BJP cashing anti Pakistani sentiments. Its a propaganda like always by Indian govt

SpaceCrazy
SpaceCrazy

@TIME @TIMEWorld Elections approaching in India while Pakistan's new Govt needs to divert people's attention from massive failures within.

sridhar.sid
sridhar.sid

The timing for a peace treaty between India and Pakistan has finally arrived! After 65 years, both countries have realized that they cannot wish the other away, there are too many things in common between the two peoples and that rapid growth in the subcontinent is the only way to deal with terrorism. For the first time,a new Prime Minister elected in Pakistan has a huge support from his people, means well to India, the Military is fighting a losing battle against several trouble makers which could cause the collapse of Pakistan. Therefore, Dr. Singh and Mr. Sharif should boldly announce a peace treaty between the two countries, after their UN meeting. Then the Indian and Pakistani Military should meet to evolve a common strategy against terrorists. Finally, open borders between the two countries would quadruple trade and immediately reduce the influence of China in the region. Such a Peace Treaty will be historic and rightly earn both leaders a Nobel Prize

paramendra1
paramendra1

This is unfortunate. Extremists on both sides pick fights and drive the moderates out of the conversation. What India and Pakistan need are trade, not war. 

SherazKhan
SherazKhan

Mankind must put an end to war before war puts an end to mankind.

Being_Papun
Being_Papun

@DebRhiRi @TIME I dont think so..we dont understand whts the problem of pakistan's?2 weeks b4 5 indian soldiers died n den yesterday again

jsmith01284
jsmith01284

Why is this happening at this time? both countries are trying to reconcile differences from decades past during the war on terror. how hard would it be for terrorists, the only ones with something to gain, to put on a Pakistani army uniform and attack Indian soldiers?I find it very strange. It seems the two countries have nothing to gain and everything to lose. i highly doubt it is something authorized by the army of Pakistan unless it is rebelling against its own country.

benyaminshaker
benyaminshaker

why wont they just give it up, under the original agreements, kashmir belongs to the rightful state of india, regardless of religious identity, it was balanced out so that pakistan got many predominately sikh areas, therefore, the rightful owner of Kashmir is india and india alone

sardar5
sardar5

@DrBMSinghal @TIME @TIMEWorld 

So you bunderstanis are expert on Pakistani politicians.Hafiz Saeed is a good man and helps the poor in his country and that's why he is loved and appreciated.No matter how much mud bunderstani government try to blacken his name,he is a hero for us and may be next elected prime minister/president of Pakistan.Then,what you bunderstans will do same as USA couldn't do anything in spite of a big bounty on his head.What a big joke?

sardar5
sardar5

@SpaceCrazy @TIME @TIMEWorld 

You are wrong here,it is bunderstani political parties are jostling for election.

SeshagiriRaoR
SeshagiriRaoR

@DollybagLondon @Michael_Yon  Now you know that, would you suggest your government to open their eyes. I dont understand why citizens of UK are more concerned about Racialism then terrorism.

SeshagiriRaoR
SeshagiriRaoR

@sridhar.sid Why should India have trade ties with a terrorist state. India can trade easily with other nations. Pakistan is begging for aid from all countries, and do India need to take that begged money...,

Nidaa
Nidaa

@sridhar.sid  what a thought full Hindu imagination, but i feel it is never going to happen as Pakistan is preparing  to close its Embassy in India, and finance minister announced No consideration under way to give India most favorite nation states.

SeshagiriRaoR
SeshagiriRaoR

@paramendra1 Extremists on Indian side???? can you please name one.., India does not recruit terrorists as piers to Army men..,

jsmith01284
jsmith01284

I think you got it! think of who will benefit. who would not want cooperation between India and Pakistan? who would not want either country to become stronger? I can think of multiple nations and countless groups. Even the US would have something to lose because, while on one side it would be a threat to China, it would become the same threat that China represents. I don't think Pakistan would do something like that because it would lose in a war and both sides can severely cripple each other.

KiranQamar
KiranQamar

Habitual liars some time loose the balance, Sikhs are for Khalistan not for India.

SherazKhan
SherazKhan

@benyaminshaker Sir what if Kashmiris are slaughtered in India and what if they Dont wanna be with India ? 


sardar5
sardar5

@benyaminshaker 

Under what agreement? It is a disputed territory and its final status have to be decided by Kahmiris in a free plebiscite.By bunderstani calling it as a part of their country will not be accepted by others as all the world nations and UNO treat it as a dispute and your own government accept it as a disputed in negotiations with Pakistan.Don't be a fool claiming it is part of bunderstan.

jsmith01284
jsmith01284

why won't both Indians and Pakistanis realize the dream of Gandhi and see each other as the same people and create a far more powerful country? both countries and their people are acting like children fighting over a toy. You are clearly Indian. Go find your Pakistani brothers and embrace them as your own. Pakistanis should do the same. in the end, only religion separates you. you both would have been better off slaves of the British rather than what you are doing to each other now. India is creating more states because you can't get along with eachother over language. seriously, what iswrong with you? are you both that jahil that you can't see the benefits of a strong south Asian nation. in America, we consider each other one people. of you got together, or educated people might not have to leave to find opportunity in other countries. we are one people!

Being_Papun
Being_Papun

@DebRhiRi I am Indian...& 1 thing India till today after independence n separation always try stay as friend but Pakistan never...:(:(:(

jsmith01284
jsmith01284

a country at war can not concentrate on rebel groups. that is my best guess. a distraction.

benyaminshaker
benyaminshaker

@KiranQamar You clearly just resort to nonsensical rhetoric instead of sense therefore you should have no right whatsoever to even post on this. You have brought no evidence and should therefore be exempt from commenting further.

benyaminshaker
benyaminshaker

@SherazKhan @benyaminshaker Then they can move to pakistan. So many pakistanis moved to India and vice versa after the split. Why shouldn't the people of Kashmir. Just look at lahore for example, All the sikh and hindu have left . They made up at least 50% of the city therefore, If you want to leave, by all means leave. and let me stress it again that im not from india or the region

benyaminshaker
benyaminshaker

@sardar5 @benyaminshaker Wrong, When Pakistan and India were officially split, Kashmir went to India in compensation for Lahore going to Pakistan. When India was busy in the west with China, pakistan invaded and has never left the region . therefore, kashmir rightfully belongs to India. This clearly shows that you have no sense of history whatsoever.

benyaminshaker
benyaminshaker

@jsmith01284 Im not Indian. Im just saying that by the agreements made by the british in accordance with both the pakistanis and indians, Kashmir rightfully belongs to India.

KiranQamar
KiranQamar

World could have taken him serious in proper dress code not in diapers, his dreams were mostly gay, one last note for you, Muslim and Hindu are not one people but 2 separate nations.

benyaminshaker
benyaminshaker

@jsmith01284 lol, im not even from the region, speaking from a technical standpoint, kashmir is indian, thats it

SeshagiriRaoR
SeshagiriRaoR

@Nidaa @DebRhiRi  If Indira gandhi's actions lead to birth of Bangladesh, then it is the best thing to happen to India. Bangladeshis are banned from entering Gulf countries, which itself explains how nasty they are.

sushant.pande
sushant.pande

let narendra modi come and he will teach pak a lesson.dont forget 1948,65,71 and 99.U guys need to be taught a lesson as Israel teaches Palestine terrorists everyday.Pak is a failed state and a haven for terrorists.Pakis worship Hafiz Saeed as their god.Goes to show the sick terrorist mentality.India will always be a hindu majority state and will annihilate Pak in the not too distant future.

atkr
atkr

@Nidaa you may think whatever you want to think. For a slice of facts watch air marshal asghar khan videos on youtube.

Nidaa
Nidaa

@Being_Papun@DebRhiRiFor the sake of same frinedship 1971 Pakistan was dismembered by an aggressor Indra gandhi who ran over a weaker nation in-spite the whole world advised not to do so. At the end of the day Bengalis slapped Indra by not joining Indian Union. Indra’s effort to drown the 2-nation theory by force drowned, leaving a note in the history, Muslims are a separate nation by any means, and will never let India turn in to Ram Raj (Maha Bharata).

sardar5
sardar5

@Being_Papun @DebRhiRi 

Same old bunderstanis(indian) accusations against Pakistan.Have you ever considered the lies bunderstani government dishes out every day?One day the whole of bunderstani government gave a clean chit to the Pakistani Army,but after pressure from BJP and terrorist bunderstani army changed its tune and started accusing Pakistani Army.I thought bunderstan was a democrati state but it turns out to be run by the army.What about the killings of the innocent Kashmiris by the terrorist occupying army of bunderstan?

Every time Pakistan offers a hand of friendship to bunderstani government starts these accusations and takes three steps away from negotiations.That is not the way to have friendly overtures but a shameful behaviour.You can't conduct proper relations between the two countries by acting like a bully.

Being_Papun
Being_Papun

@DebRhiRi yup i know u no need to concern dese things..u tweeted somthing thts why i responded to ur tweet..thts it

benyaminshaker
benyaminshaker

@BabrikSwati @benyaminshaker samething as before, no proof, just mere statements. Infact, i encourage them to look it up on the internet on a neutral site, say wikipedia(since articles about this subject are controversial, there is not major interpretations,therefore making it neutral.)

BabrikSwati
BabrikSwati

@benyaminshaker

Anyone who has access to the internet can research for themselves instead of listening to this idiot who has the 'sense' of an eight year old. You are the dumbest person I've come across in a very long time.

BabrikSwati
BabrikSwati

@benyaminshaker @SherazKhan 

I know exactly where you're from. India must be very proud of you for supporting her cause. I, for one, would never want such an ignorant and uneducated ally.

benyaminshaker
benyaminshaker

@BabrikSwati @benyaminshaker Im not talking about the hostilities at the start , but later on  when india was engaged to china, so pakistan attacked through kashmir and after heavy fighting , we get to the current borders. Therefore, if it wasnt for a pakistani offensive, a much larger percentage of Kashmir would have been under Indian hands.

BabrikSwati
BabrikSwati

@benyaminshaker

Where have you been taking your history lessons? There were numerous princely states that had the option to join either Pakistan or India. Junagarh and Hyderabad had Muslim leaders who acceded to Pakistan, but as they were both Hindu majority territories, Indians invaded and annexed both states. Kashmir is Muslim majority and by that principle should have gone to Pakistan, but its Hindu leader acceded to India. Pakistan only accepted Junagarh and Hyderabad's accession so the Indians would see reason and withdraw their claim from Kashmir, but the aggressors that they are, they occupied it by force. Of course an Indian will tell you that Pakistani Pashtun tribesmen invaded first. That was because the British appointed Chief of army of Pakistan refused to engage. To the deeply Hindu nationalists Kashmir and even Pakistan is part of their sacred holy land. India is not secular and has only used it as an excuse to continue occupying Kashmir that by the agreement set forth (two nation theory) should have gone to Pakistan. How hard is it to understand? If you argue that Kashmir still belongs to India, free it and hold a plebiscite. Or restore the territories of Junagarh and Hyderabad and hand them over to Pakistan. Of course that can never happen but I'm only stating what's fair and according to law.

Lahore was and is a Muslim majority city. British divided Muslim dominated Punjab and Bengal and gave over the non Muslim part to India.

China is to the east of India, genius! And no, the hostilities arose in 1948. China didn't have control over Tibet, through which it shares its border with both Pakistan and India, at the time.

It becomes quite apparent that it is you who has absolutely no clue about history and geography.