Pakistan, India trade fire in disputed Kashmir: 7 people die
After a month of relative calm, tensions between India and Pakistan escalated again this week, with both countries exchanging fire in Kashmir, a region divided between the countries, but fully claimed by both. The two countries blamed each other for once again breaking the fragile ceasefire, as a result of which 3 Pakistani soldiers, 1 Indian paramilitary official and three civilians died.
In February of this year, a suicide attack by Pakistan-based terrorist group Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) that killed 42 members of India’s Central Reserve Police Force led to a crisis in Kashmir. India blamed Pakistan for the attack and both countries subsequently carried out airstrikes on each other’s territory. Tensions eased in early March, but analysts have warned that the threat of war between the two nuclear powers remains very real.