Gunshots have been heard in the Jammu and Kashmir region, raising tensions between the nuclear-armed enemy nations, it has been reported.
In a massive breach of a 2003 ceasefire pact, Pakistani troops started the unprovoked attack, local soldiers claimed.Indian soldiers retaliated and sporadic gunfire is still being exchanged between the forces, reports Express.co.uk.
There has been a massive spike in breaks of the ceasefire pact – a key confidence-building measure between the neighbouring countries – in recent months.
Last year there were a massive 881 ceasefire violations between the two nuclear nations.The worrying figure represents a 230% rise compared with 2016 – it is also the highest count in more than a decade.Last month saw 134 violations between the two nations as tensions have continued to soar.
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Meanwhile, the leaders of both nations recently received a letter from civil society groups in the area requesting the ceasefire is adhered to along the contested border, known as the Line of Control.
The document addressed to prime ministers Narendra Modi and Shahid Khaqan Abbasi stressed dialogue was needed to prevent a conflict that could lead to WW3.
Executive director of Indian newspaper the Kashmir Times, Anuradha Bhasin, said the situation was turning “from bad to worse”.He said: “The situation is going from bad to worse on the borders.“That has only increased the sufferings of people on both sides.”
Mr Bhasin is part of a petition that is pushing for an end to the frightening confrontations.
It states that if tensions persist “it will jeopardise the stability of the region and might escalate into an all-out war”.
Pakistan has continued to shell across the disputed border killing four Indian soldiers on February 4, prompting an outcry in New Delhi.