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U.S. seeks information on potential misuse of F-16 by Pakistan

04 March 2019

Pakistan's military said on Saturday its air force and navy "continue to be alert and vigilant", while two of its soldiers were killed after exchanging fire with Indian troops along the LoC.

A senior police official confirmed that The battle erupted Friday evening and kept going for many hours in frontier Poonch district, about 180 km southwest of Srinagar city, the summer capital of Indian-controlled Kashmir.

A top Indian minister said on Saturday the government would not share proof that "a very large number" of militants were killed in air strikes inside Pakistan this week, after doubts were raised there were any casualties in the attack that stoked tensions between the nuclear-armed rivals.

The crisis between both countries flared up on February 14 when a suicide vehicle bomb targeted 40 Indian paramilitary police personnel in the Indian part of the disputed border region of Kashmir.

In a telephonic conversation with her Pakistan counterpart, Imran Khan on Sunday, she said that United Kingdom was in touch with both sides in this regard.

Villagers carry the casket of a boy killed by Indian shelling.

Pakistan's foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi boycotted the meeting in protest over the invitation to his Indian counterpart. "The Prime Minister emphasised the importance of Pakistan taking action against all terrorist groups, in support of global efforts to combat terrorism", the spokesperson said. Despite the goodwill gesture of releasing Indian pilot, its army is continuing atrocities in the occupied valley and also targeting civil population in Azad Kashmir.

The latest wave of tensions began after the militant group Jaish-e-Mohammad claimed responsibility for the February 14 suicide bombing by a Kashmiri militant on Indian paramilitary forces.

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"Indian troops undertook firing along LoC".

While Pakistan has denied using F-16 jets during a dogfight that downed an Indian Mig-21 warplane over Kashmir on Wednesday, it has not specified which planes it used, though it assembles Chinese-designed JF-17 fighter jets on its soil.

Thousands of people on both sides of Kashmir have fled to government-run temporary shelters or relatives' homes in safer areas to escape shelling along the frontier, which is marked by razor wire, watch towers and bunkers amid tangled bushes, forests and fields of rice and corn. "Pakistan has acted with aggression against India".

In Pakistani-administered Kashmir, many displaced families urged the worldwide community to help resolve the issue of Kashmir so that they can live peacefully.

On a visit to Jammu and Kashmir state on Saturday, India's army chief asked soldiers to remain vigilant to "counter the nefarious designs of the enemy and anti-national elements".

"We did not know whether we will get any shelter and how could we take our animals" with us, he said.

Mughal reported from Muzafarabad, Pakistan.

U.S. seeks information on potential misuse of F-16 by Pakistan