After a weekend of escalating tensions in the disputed territory of Kashmir, the Indian Army on Monday again accused Pakistan of violating the 2003 ceasefire at the border between the two countries. A spokesperson for the Defense Ministry told the Indian press that Pakistani troops had targeted Indian military posts with heavy firing for several hours early Monday morning, from about 1:50AM to 6:00AM, in what the government says is Pakistan’s fifth ceasefire violation in the last three days. No deaths were reported overnight.
Pakistan in turn accused India of launching “unprovoked” artillery fire across the Line of Control (LoC) that divides the Indian and Pakistani controlled halves of Kashmir, claiming that the shelling had killed a civilian and severely injured another. The Pakistani military said that the Indians had also opened fire on two check posts.
The tumult comes less than a week after the Indian government accused Pakistani specialist troops of killing five Indian soldiers on August 6 in the Poonch district along the LoC. Pakistan denied any role in that attack, but the event nevertheless quickly rekindled the longstanding ill-will between the nuclear-armed neighbors.