DAMASCUS, SYRIA (12:20 AM) – Cross-border conflict between India and Pakistan has continued for the third day in a row, reportedly resulting in casualties on both sides of the border on Friday, leaving at least four dead.
The Pakistani military stated on Friday that Indian border forces initiated fire from their side of the frontier, killing two civilians in Pakistani Kashmir, and injuring five others. Meanwhile, Indian sources claimed that it was a Pakistani attack that started the day’s conflict, resulting in the death of one Indian civilian and one soldier, while wounding seven.
An Indian paramilitary officer who spoke to Iranian news outlet PressTV claimed that they responded to a Pakistani shelling of border outposts, which he called an “unprovoked violation” of the 2003 peace agreement. Pakistan, for its part, has summoned representatives of India to explain the reasons behind what Islamabad claims is a violation of the ceasefire committed by India.
Both India and Pakistan lay claim to the entirety of the Kashmir region, a majority Muslim border region divided by the two countries. Since the two nation’s independence in 1947, Pakistan and India have fought three major wars over the area. Despite a ceasefire agreement being reached in 2003, sporadic clashes continue.