Border unrest affects 5,000 families in Kashmir

Border unrest affects 5,000 families in Kashmir

Wed Aug 27, 2014 3:56AM GMT

Some 5,000 families have been affected by the conflict between New Delhi and Islamabad over the Indian-administered Kashmir.

Officials in the Indian-controlled Kashmir said on Tuesday that as many as 5,000 families of the 45 villages along the international border were affected as a result of the conflict.

“Over 15,000 persons have been disturbed and shifted to safer places temporarily at R S Pora, Bishnah and Jammu with the provision of basic facilities,” said Sajjad Ahmad Kichloo, a junior minister in Srinagar, the summer capital of the Indian State of Jammu and Kashmir.

The official added that ceasefire violations had recently increased.

This is while the region’s Chief Minister Omar Abdullah blamed India for the situation, criticizing Indian leaders for failing to visit the border region.

Last week, at least four people, including two villagers, were killed in an exchange of fire between the two sides. Several others were also injured.

Indian and Pakistani troops have exchanged fire for several times in recent months along the Line of Control (LoC), a de facto border that divides Kashmir into India- and Pakistan-controlled parts.

The two sides have fought two wars over Kashmir since their independence from British colonial rule in 1947. The arch rivals lay claim over the whole region but control parts of it.

India and Pakistan agreed to a ceasefire along the Line of Control in 2003, and a year later launched talks aimed at brokering a regional peace.

The process was, however, suspended after over 160 people lost their lives in the 2008 Mumbai terrorist attacks, which New Delhi blamed on Pakistan-based militants.

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