World War 3 fears: Indian and Pakistani troops clash as global tension soar

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Troops from both sides traded heavy fire on the Line of Control following claims from India that Pakistan fired on Indian positions in J&K’s Poonch district.

According to India’s Defence Ministry spokesman Colonel Devender Anand Pakistan intimated unprovoked ceasefire violation after firing with small arms and shelling.

Mr Anand said: “Indian Army retaliates befittingly.”

This year alone around 24 civilians have been killed and more than 100 injured in more than 2,730 ceasefire violations.

Back in June, there was intense shelling with mortars along the Line of Control on Nowshera of Rajouri.

Tensions between the countries escalated after both sides exchanged fire over the disputed border in Kashmir.

The Indian Army accused the Pakistani Army of violating the ceasefire at three various locations along the border and shots were fired.

According to reports, India’s bomb disposal team were called to detonate an IED recovered on the Baramulla-Handwara Highway in North Kashmir.

The Indian Army said in a statement: “Heavy exchange of fire is currently underway in Jammu and Kashmir.

“Pakistan has violated the ceasefire in Mankato at about 6.30am by firing with small arms and intense shelling with mortars and the Indian Army retaliating.”

Over the years, New Delhi and Islamabad have fought deadly conflicts over the region since the petition in 1947.

Last year, the two countries engaged in cross-border strikes after India accused Pakistan of harbouring insurgents responsible for a suicide attack.

Pakistan continues to deny the charges.

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A furious row broke out between the countries earlier this year as two Indian officials went missing in Islamabad.

India’s External Affairs Ministry summoned the Pakistan charge d’affaires Syed Hyder Shah amid accusations the men had been abducted by Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) agents.

Security sources later claimed the officials had been arrested by Pakistani authorities for their alleged involvement in a “hit and run accident”.

New Delhi said it had made clear the men should not be interrogated or harassed the Indian officials and warned the responsibility for their safety and security lay with the Pakistani authorities.

Sources close to the case said the Pakistan side was asked to return the two officials along with the official car to the High Commission immediately.

Days before this incident, India expelled two Pakistan High Commission officials on charges of espionage.

Two officials of the Pakistan High Commission were apprehended by law enforcement officials for their alleged involvement in espionage and have been asked to leave the country within 24 hours.

The Indian Ministry of External Affairs said at the time: “The government has declared both these officials persona non grata for indulging in activities incompatible with their status as members of a diplomatic mission and asked them to leave the country within 24 hours.”

India is also facing ongoing border conflicts with China following a bloody altercation in the Galwan Valley, in Ladakh.

Pakistan recently signed to be part of China’s One Belt, One Road policy, strengthening the relationship between the two countries.

Back in January, Pakistan and China both held joint naval drills and combined counterterrorism manoeuvres a month earlier, sparking fears of a World War 3 outbreak.

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