At OIC, Indian FM says Pakistan harboring terrorists

Posted March 04, 2019

Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of India and the issue is strictly internal to the country, New Delhi asserted on Saturday, in reaction to a resolution on the matter by the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in its two-day foreign ministers' conclave in Abu Dhabi.

Indian PM's statement came amid growing pressure on its military and government as they failed to provide explanation or evidence to back up their claims of the number of casualties in Balakot strike and the proof of shooting down an F-16.

Pakistan's alleged use of an F-16 may have been in breach of its end-user agreement with the United States. "Pakistan has acted with aggression against India".

In this image made from video provided by PTV, Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman walks to cross the border into India, in Wagah, Pakistan.

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.

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Worldwide and domestic air travel in the region has been widely disrupted, with several airports in Pakistan and India shut, flights rerouted and suspended, amid fears of a major military escalation between the South Asian nations.

Due to political compulsions and election winning factor, Indian government authorised its air force to conduct surgical strikes across the Line of Control to destroy what they called the terrorist training camps. Anti-India sentiment runs deep in the region, and most people support the rebels' cause against Indian rule while also participating in civilian street protests against Indian control.

The session took place amidst simmering tensions between India and Pakistan in the wake of "surgical strikes" and military confrontation over the past one week. India long has accused Pakistan of cultivating such militant groups to attack it. Pakistan has said it was not involved in that attack and was ready to help New Delhi in the investigation.

Two Pakistani soldiers were also killed.

The US Embassy in Islamabad said on Sunday it was looking into reports that Pakistan used F-16 jets to shoot down the Indian pilot, a potential violation of Washington's military sale agreements that limit how Pakistan can use the planes.

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"Whenever India fires mortars, it's we who suffer", said Mohammad Latif, a laborer who took refuge at a government building that was vacated for sheltering displaced families.

On March 1, Pakistan released a captured Indian pilot in what its prime minister said was a "peace gesture".

"Heavy shelling by Indian army started Friday evening and continued until early Saturday".

Tensions have been running high since Indian aircraft crossed into Pakistan on Tuesday, carrying out what India called a pre-emptive strike against militants blamed for a February 14 suicide bombing in Indian-controlled Kashmir that killed 40 Indian troops.

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