in Kashmir could cost Pakistan dearly: India

SHAFAQNA (International Shia News Association)-India has warned that Pakistan will pay an “unaffordable” price if it continues shelling the Indian-controlled Kashmir.

Indian Defense Minister Arun Jaitley on Thursday accused the government in Islamabad of making unprovoked attacks on the Indian side of the de facto border in Kashmir.

“If Pakistan persists with this adventurism, our forces will make cost of this adventurism unaffordable for it,” Jaitley told journalists in the Indian capital, New Delhi, adding, “Pakistan should stop this unprovoked firing and shelling if it wants peace on the border.”

Meanwhile, Major General Khan Tahir Javed Khan, the regional commander of Pakistan’s border security force, has said that Indian troops have fired 20,000 shells into the Pakistani side of the border so far this year.

Pakistan’s Defense Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif also said the Pakistani army is “fully capable of responding befittingly to Indian aggression,” adding, “We do not want the situation on the borders of two nuclear neighbors to escalate into confrontation.”

Clashes between military forces of the two neighbors started on October 6 after Indian and Pakistani border guards engaged in an exchange of fire. Nearly 20 civilians from both sides died in the clashes.

Islamabad and New Delhi blame each other for initiating the latest fire fight.

Kashmir lies at the heart of more than 66 years of hostility between India and Pakistan. Both neighbors claim the region in full but have partial control over it.

Since independence from the British rule in 1947, India and Pakistan have fought three wars with two of them over Kashmir.

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