India-Pakistan tensions rise after border clashes in Kashmir

The Financial Times reports on renewed tensions between India and Pakistan as a result of violent incidents in recent months along the Indian-Pakistani border in Kashmir:

Tensions flared along the border that separates nuclear-armed neighbours India and Pakistan in disputed Jammu and Kashmir, with five people reportedly killed in shelling and thousands of civilians from both sides forced to flee the area.

India said a member of its paramilitary Border Security Force had been killed in heavy firing and shelling by Pakistani forces on Monday in the Samba district.

Pakistan blamed India for the clashes, saying that four of its civilians, including a woman and a teenage boy, had been killed in “unprovoked” firing since Sunday. Islamabad said its forces had responded “effectively”.


The two sides agreed a ceasefire in 2003 but nearly a decade of relative calm ended abruptly in October when 17 people, including Indian and Pakistani civilians, were killed along the border.

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