Friday, May 6, 2011

The Indian army accused Pakistani troops have fired

The Army of India has accused Pakistan on Thursday to have fired on positions of the Indian security forces in the disputed northern region of Kashmir. The alleged attack happened Thursday in the Poonch district, according to military sources quoted by the IANS and PTI Indian agencies. According to this version, Pakistani troops opened fire and threw grenades at several checkpoints in India across the border, although no casualties were reported.

The Pakistani commander has not yet ruled on the matter. This alleged violation of the ceasefire comes after Indian army chief, VK Singh, said on Wednesday that security forces in their country are able to carry out an operation such as the U.S. ran Monday in the territory Pakistan to kill the leader of Al Qaeda, Osama Bin Laden.

"We have the ability ... If the situation arises, the three branches (Army, Navy and Air Force) are responsible for carrying out an operation," said Singh was quoted by Indian media. According to Islamabad, the operation was covert U.S. Special Forces and did not have the consent of Pakistani authorities.

The shootings at the border between the security forces of Pakistan and India are common. The two nuclear powers in South Asia, have fought three wars, two of them over Kashmir, and other minor conflicts since independence from British Empire and partition of the subcontinent in 1947.

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