Indian battle in Kashmiri mountain enters seventh day

Officials say three soldiers and four militants have been killed in the battle so far.

Indian battle in Kashmiri mountain enters seventh day

Indian soldiers have attacked fighters in mountain caves Kashmir in a week-long attack that has killed seven people so far, officials said on Wednesday.

The gunbattle broke out a week ago in the remote and rugged mountains of Poonch near the Line of Control, a military control line that divides disputed Kashmir between Pakistan and India.

Officials say three soldiers and four militants have been killed in the battle so far.

Kashmir gained self-determination right with United Nations' resolution. They have struggled for their right against India since that date.

It was on this day in 1949, that the United Nations Security Council adopted a resolution, acknowledging Kashmiris' right of self-determination and giving them the right to decide their future by themselves.

Indian troops killed more than 50 and wounded nearly 1000 during pro-independence protests since July. The violence of troops have been criticised by human right groups.

Overall violence has fallen significantly across Kashmir since India and Pakistan began slow-moving peace talks in 2004.

The nuclear-armed neighbours, who have fought two of their three wars since 1947 over Kashmir, claim the disputed Himalayan region in full but rule it in part.


Reuters
Last Mod: 07 Ocak 2009, 12:45
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