Meanwhile, In Kashmir……

Just a reminder of what else could go wrong:

JAMMU, India (Reuters) – Indian and Pakistani troops exchanged sustained cross-border fire on Sunday, security officials said, a day after an Indian soldier was killed by Pakistani troops while patrolling one of the world’s most heavily guarded borders.

The two sides exchanged small arms fire for 30 minutes early on Sunday at a border post 30 km (18 miles) from Jammu, the winter capital of the disputed Kashmir region in north India.

“Pakistani soldiers opened unprovoked firing on our Umra Wali post,” said a spokesman for the paramilitary Indian Border Security Force. “We responded to their fire effectively.”

A Pakistani border security official confirmed the clash, but denied starting it. Three Pakistani paramilitary soldiers were wounded, he said.

An Indian soldier died in hospital late on Saturday from bullet wounds sustained after Pakistani soldiers opened fire on a routine patrol in the same area, the Indian side said.

He was the first Indian soldier killed by Pakistani troops in a year.

The two nuclear-armed rivals agreed a cease-fire in Kashmir in 2003 and while it has largely held, short exchanges of fire occur almost every month.

The neighbours have fought three wars since 1947, but have been making tentative moves to revive a sluggish peace process that was broken off by India after the 2008 militant assault on the city of Mumbai.

This would be our “friend” Pakistan.

 

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Comments

  1. 11B40 says:

    Greetings:

    Islamic Spring is breaking out all over.

  2. mike says:

    I don’t know why we worry about Pakistan. India can handle them.
    Leave Asia to Asians!

  3. Andrew says:

    Forget Pok-E-Stan (so sayeth obumbler), back India. India has a really good chance of becoming a first world nation. Pok-E-Stan, not so much. Not even a glimmer in a goat ass.

  4. DonM says:

    A nice war with India would distract from the civil war in Pakistan between the Army which is allied with the US and the Intelligence Service which is allied with Al Queda. The intelligence information obtained from Bin Laden will probably lead to key members of Pakistan intelligence who made life safe for Osama et al. AND also inform which members of Pakistan army are most troublesome to the terrorists. Depending on which is leaked, or faked, the people can be brought to be outraged at who ever an ambitious opportunist desires. The war with India is the counter of the Army against the Intelligence service.

  5. Southern Hoosier says:

    mike says:
    Sunday, May 15, 2011 at 14:53

    I don’t know why we worry about Pakistan. India can handle them.
    Leave Asia to Asians!

    Simple

    two nuclear-armed rivals

    Remember WW I started with just a shot.