India vs Pakistan: Bomb disposal squad forced to detonate explosives on disputed border
TENSIONS between India and Pakistan have escalated after a heavy exchange of fire between the two countries early this morning.
By Steven Brown 16:35, Tue, Jun 9, 2020 | UPDATED: 17:36, Tue, Jun 9, 2020
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Over the weekend, the Indian Army accused the Pakistani Army of violating the ceasefire at three various locations along the border of Jammu and Kashmir. A firefight took place on Sunday (June 7).
According to reports, India’s bomb disposal team were called to detonate an IED recovered on the Baramulla-Handwara Highway in North Kashmir.
The Indian Army said in a statement: “Heavy exchange of fire is currently underway in Jammu and Kashmir.
“Pakistan has violated the ceasefire in Mankato at about 6.30am by firing with small arms and intense shelling with mortars and the Indian Army retaliating.”
During a joint search operation by the Kupawara Police and Indian security forces, large quantities of arms and ammunition from a weapons dump were found in the village of Keran.
Indian military in Kashmir (Image: Getty)
These weapons included five AK 47s, 15 AK mags and UBGL grenade.
An investigation is underway according to Sputnik News.
Over the years, New Delhi and Islamabad have fought deadly conflicts over the region since the petition in 1947.
Just last week, India faced increased pressure on the borders of Pakistan and China.
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India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi (Image: Getty)
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke with US President Donald Trump on the “situation on the India-China border”.
Mr Trump offered to mediate the feud between the countries but they both rejected the offer and claimed the situation is under control.
The Global Times reported border forces had been armed with new tanks, drones and helicopters.
It was also reported the Chinese military had held high-altitude infiltration exercises in the Tanggula Mountains in Tibet, a highly contested boundary.
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Around 5,000 Chinese troops were reportedly at the border, according to Indian media.
Reports suggested China’s People’s Liberation Army has sent multiple advanced weapon systems and refitted fighter jets for operation in high altitude areas of the Tibetan plateau.
The Indian army has also moved several battalions from an infantry division usually based in the Ladakh city of Leh, near the border, to “operational alert areas” along the frontier, reports claim.
After Mr Modi reshaped the Indian constitution in August and asserted federal rule over Kashmir and Ladakh, tensions escalated.
Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan (Image: Getty)
Both Pakistan and China condemned the move with Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan warned security and human rights implications could bring the two nuclear-armed rivals to war.
Pakistan recently signed to be part of China’s One Belt, One Road policy, strengthening the relationship between the two countries.
Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka – all who border India – also joined the initiative.
Back in January, Pakistan and China both held joint naval drills and combined counterterrorism manoeuvres a month earlier, sparking fears of a World War 3 outbreak.
Indian troops patrol Kashmir (Image: Getty)
On Saturday (June 6), military commanders from India and China held talks in order to resolve the ongoing border dispute.
The talks took place in a Himalayan outpost in a bid to end the latest border standoff between the world’s two most populous nations.
A dispute which has seen thousands of troops sent to both sides of the disputed border.
According to India’s foreign ministry, the meeting took place in a “cordial and positive atmosphere”.
The aim is to prevent the escalation of any form of conflict and potentially another Doklam standoff.