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Pakistan, India exchange fire after UN meet on Kashmir

Some telephone lines restored, mobile, internet still blocked in Indian Kashmir
AFP, Srinagar, India
Pakistan, India exchange fire after UN meet on Kashmir
Indian security personnel stand guard in Srinagar yesterday. Seventeen out of around 100 telephone exchanges were restored in the restive Kashmir Valley, the local police chief told AFP, after an almost two-week communications blackout. AFP Photo

India and Pakistan exchanged "heavy" cross-border fire yesterday, after New Delhi's move to strip the restive Kashmir region of its autonomy prompted a rare meeting of the UN Security Council.

The two foes regularly fire potshots over the Line of Control (LoC) in the disputed Himalayan territory, which is divided between the two countries and poisoned their relations since independence in 1947.

But the latest exchange follows India's decision this month to rip up the special constitutional status of its part of Kashmir, sparking protests from the local population, outrage from Pakistan and unease from neighbouring China.

"The exchange of fire is going on," a senior Indian government official told AFP, calling it "heavy".

One Indian soldier was reportedly killed. Pakistan made no immediate comment on the violence.

Late Friday, Pakistan and China succeeded in getting the UN Security Council to discuss Kashmir -- behind closed doors -- for the first time since the Indo-Pakistan war of 1971.

Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan yesterday welcomed the UN Security Council's decision to discuss tensions in the disputed region of Kashmir, a day after India slammed the rare meeting.

"I welcome the UNSC meeting to discuss the serious situation in Occupied Jammu and Kashmir", Khan tweeted after Friday's talks in New York.

"Addressing the suffering of the Kashmiri people & ensuring resolution of the dispute is the responsibility of this world body", he said.

Foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said Pakistan was establishing Kashmir desks in foreign capitals to "lobby for Kashmiris and their right to self-determination".

The country's armed forces would be ready to give a "telling response" to any act of "misadventure" by India in the wake of the UN meeting, he told press conference yesterday alongside military spokesman Asif Ghafoor.

New Delhi, however, criticised the UNSC meet and insisted that the status of the territory is a purely internal matter.

"We don't need international busybodies to try to tell us how to run our lives.

We are a billion-plus people," India's UN envoy Syed Akbaruddin said after the meeting.

US President Donald Trump urged the nuclear-armed rivals to come back to the negotiating table, speaking to Khan by phone on the importance of "reducing tensions through bilateral dialogue".

Meanwhile, India gradually restored phone lines yesterday following an almost two-week

communications blackout in its part of Kashmir, imposed hours before Prime Minister Narendra Modi's surprise August 5 gambit.

Seventeen out of around 100 telephone exchanges were restored Saturday in the restive Kashmir Valley, the local police chief told AFP. But mobiles and the internet remained dead in the Muslim-majority Kashmir Valley, the main hotbed of resistance to Indian rule in Jammu and Kashmir state in a 30-year-old conflict that has killed tens of thousands.

Fearing an angry and potentially violent response, India also sent 10,000 extra troops to the area, severely restricted movement and arrested some 500 local politicians, activists, academics and others.

The state's Chief Secretary BVR Subrahmanyam had said Friday there would be a "gradual" restoration of phone lines over the weekend, with schools to resume classes in some areas next week.

 

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