A NUCLEAR conflict between India and Pakistan “could be devastating for the whole world” as the two powers continue to engage in conflict with each other, a top separatist leader in Kashmiri, Syed Ali Geelani, has declared.
As soldiers on both sides launch attacks along the contested border known as the Line of Control (LoC), Mr Geelani called for the two to “play a constructive role for peaceful resolution of the Kashmir issue”.
He added: “The risk of collision between the two nuclear powers will be devastating not only for the region, but for the whole world.”
The region of Kashmir has been contested for decades – the Indo-Pakistani War of 1947 and 1965 both revolved around competing claims for the area.
Officials declared yesterday that at least one civilian was killed and three were wounded as the conflict continues between the two nations.
Shelling and gunfire was exchanged throughout Sunday that continued into the early hours of Monday. Fighting continued later on Monday following a brief hiatus – the increased tensions have forced thousands of residents to flee their homes in search of safety.
Two army officials from Pakistan confirmed that fighting continued in parts of Kashmir – however, they declared that they were only responding to attacks from India. The tense situation on the border has led to both sides claiming they were responding to attacks from the other as tensions soar – both say provocations are a violation of a 2003 cease-fire agreement. read more…