OIC hit "Indian barbarities in Kashmir", MEA says "strictly internal matter"

Minnie Murray
March 4, 2019

Indian police say two paramilitary soldiers and two counterinsurgency police officials have been killed in a gunbattle with militants in Indian-controlled Kashmir, while troops fatally shot a civilian during anti-India protests.

"There is a two-man rule, so to speak, for access to this equipment and restricted areas, and F-16 flights outside of Pakistan or participation in exercises and operations with third nations must be approved in advance by the United States government", the then top State Department official said, according to the transcripts of the hearing. The MiG-21 "forms the backbone" of the Indian Air Force, which has about 200 of those in its inventory.

The US embassy in Islamabad said on Sunday it was looking into reports that Pakistan used F-16 jets to shoot down the Indian pilot, a potential violation of Washington's military sale agreements that limit how Pakistan can use the planes.

On March 1, Pakistan released a captured Indian pilot in what its prime minister said was a "peace gesture".

Islamabad/Muzaffarabad - Guns were less noisy and there was relative calm along the Line of Control (LoC) on Sunday, after two nightmarish nights marked by heavy exchange of fire between the troops of Pakistan and India.

Earlier, the Pakistan Foreign Office said that the 46th session of the Council of Foreign Ministers (CFM) of OIC concluded with a resolution that "supported" Pakistan on the Kashmir issue.

"The armed forces must have, and our security and intelligence agencies must have, a full leeway in dealing with situations, and if anybody wants operational details to be made public ... he certainly does not understand the system", Mr Jaitley said at a conference organised by the India Today media group.

Islamabad denied any such camps existed and said the Indian bombs hit a largely empty hillside without hurting anyone.

Tensions have been running high since Indian aircraft launched a strike in Pakistan on Tuesday in response to a February 14 suicide bombing in Indian-controlled Kashmir that killed 40 troops.

As escalating tensions fuelled concerns of all-out war between nuclear-tipped Pakistan, Imran warned of catastrophic consequences should "better sense" not prevail.The premier ended his speech with another peace talks offer and cooperation in Pulwama attack investigation to India.

Kashmir has been divided between the 2 countries since their independence and bitter split in 1947.

India blamed Pakistan for backing the freedom fighters and vowed to take revenge. The Indian army said Pakistani troops attacked Indian posts at several places along the militarized line. "We are at the mercy of these soldiers", said Mohammed Akram, a resident in the Mendhar area in Indian-controlled Kashmir.

Pakistani government official Moazzam Zafar says some 200 families have already taken shelter in three large government buildings in the territory. "He is our friend and we have historical relations with them (Saudi Arabia)", Pakistan's foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi told reporters.

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