08/07/2013, 00.00

India/Pakistan crisis reignites in Kashmir Valley

New Delhi accuses Islamabad for death five Indian soldiers along the border. It is the third such incident since the beginning of the year. AsiaNews sources recall attack a few days ago against the Indian consulate in Jalalabad: "Pakistan is afraid of losing control in Afghanistan."

Srinagar (AsiaNews) - "Certain incidents do not help improve relations between Pakistan and India" says Omar Abdullah, chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir after the killing yesterday of five Indian soldiers. According to New Delhi, Pakistani troops crossed the border in the area of ​​Poonch and fired on the Indian military, but Islamabad denies any involvement. It is the third exchange of fire since the beginning of 2013 along the border. Many analysts see it as a sign of a new crisis between the two countries.

For over 60 years the region of Kashmir is claimed in its entirety by the two neighbors. In 1949 - at the end of the first Indo-Pakistani conflict - the territory was divided: New Delhi obtained Jammu and Kashmir, Islamabad the Northern Territory and Azad Kashmir. A division that has not stopped the tensions between the two nations becoming a "war" without end.

Despite attempts at dialogue and stabilization of relations, the peace process is still far from being achieved. Not only because of events in Kashmir: AsiaNews Sources - anonymous for security reasons - point to the attack on the Indian consulate in Jalalabad (Afghanistan), which took place on August 3.

"The attack - the sources say - was political.  It is not the first time that India's diplomatic missions have been targeted. New Delhi is becoming increasingly popular in Afghanistan, and this worries Pakistan."

In 2008 and 2009, the Indian embassy in Kabul was hit: 75 people died in the attack. Also in the Afghan capital, in 2010, two guest houses were attacked and six Indians lost their lives. In both cases, India has always accused the terrorists of the Pakistan-based group Lashkar-e-Taiba, also responsible for the Mumbai attacks in 2008.


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