Pakistan-India crisis unravels as military ‘launch attacks targeting civilians’ in Kashmir

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Violence has broken out in the contested region of Kashmir after Pakistani military were filmed targeting civilians. The military violence appears to have erupted in several different Kashmir areas including Poonch, Kupwara and Uri. The attacks come just a year after India’s controversial decision to revoke the state’s semi-autonomous status. 

Due to the controversial anniversary, tensions between the two nuclear powers are heightened. 

Aditya Raj Kaul, a leading journalist in India, tweeted footage of the attacks this morning.

He captioned the videos: “#BREAKING: Pakistan Violates ceasefire in Uri of North Kashmir by targeting civilian areas.

“Watch how ordinary Kashmiri civilian areas are being attacked by Pakistan Army.

“This morning ceasefire violation had taken place in Poonch district as well.”

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In another tweet, he said: “After Poonch and Uri, Pakistan Army now violates ceasefire at Karnah sector of Kupwara in North Kashmir to target innocent Kashmiri civilians in J&K along the LoC. More details are awaited.”

Pankaj Singh, a former Indian expert on the UNHR mission, tweeted in response to the footage: “I think it is enough of tolerance shown by Indian Army in the region. Another surgical strike is needed.

“Targeting Civilians is a clear violation of IHL.”

On August 5 last year, India’s government revoked Kashmir’s limited autonomy under the promise of “facilitating economic development” in the region.

However, those in Pakistan and many in Kashmir rebuked the move as an Indian power-grab. 

Since then, hundreds of thousands of Indian security forces have enforced a siege inside the territory, implementing widespread curfews and lockdowns.

They also control citizens’ movements, ban protests and regularly cut off the region’s mobile internet connectivity.

In a speech marking the anniversary on Wednesday, Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan reiterated a call for the world community to intervene in Kashmir by demanding Kashmiris’ right to self-determination be implemented.


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He told supportrers: “Today Narendra Modi is exposed in the world.  And the biggest thing to come from that is that the world is now looking at Kashmir.”

Imran Khan branded India’s revocation of Kashmir’s autonomy as “illegal and unilateral”. 

Pakistan claim Indian forces have violated the ceasefire 1,877 times this year, resulting in 15 civilians killed and 144 wounded.

Earlier this week, Pakistan’s government updated its official map of its territory, which showed that the country claimed all of Kashmir. 

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