Published: Sun, March 03, 2019
Worldwide | By Stella Potter

Pakistan tensions cool as eight die

Pakistan tensions cool as eight die

While the government tried to keep a relatively tight lid on the actual handover at the border on Friday, Indians enthusiastically celebrated their Air Force pilot's release online, with the #WelcomeHomeAbhinandan hashtag spreading fast across social media.

"With a unsafe confrontation underway between two nuclear armed states in India and Pakistan, we may soon get to see whether this administration is equipped to manage a serious worldwide crisis, ” she said".

Meanwhile, Indian officials say Pakistani fighter jets had violated airspace over Indian-controlled Kashmir but were forced back.

AMRAAM missiles allow a fighter pilot to target an enemy aircraft that is beyond visual range, in day or night.

In another sign of a possible thaw, Pakistan's Railway Minister Shaikh Rasheed Ahmad announced train services between the two countries will resume on Monday.

The official said a civilian was killed in later protests over the clash. The three died after a shell fired by Pakistani soldiers hit their home in the Poonch region near the Line of Control. Their father was also critically injured. It said there were reports of troop casualties on the Indian side.

Soldiers again targeted each other's posts and villages along the volatile frontier, resultig in the deaths of at least six civilians with six others wounded, officials said on Saturday.

Footage aired on local Geo News showed four Pakistani border guards carrying a coffin draped in the green and white national flag after receiving the body from Indian authorities.

It is hoped his return could defuse tensions between the two nuclear powers and avoid another war between India and Pakistan.

Kashmir is split by the Line of Control (LoC) which divides it between India and Pakistan, though both countries claim the region in its entirety for themselves.

Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said Saturday that Russian Federation had offered to serve as a mediator to ease tensions.

His health has been in question for past few days after footage emerged of him looking bloodied and bruised being paraded around by Pakistan's army shortly after his capture. She was accompanied by senior Indian Air Force (IAF) officials.

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman had welcomed the returned of the Wing Commander on Twitter after he returned to India through the Wagah-Attari border at around 9.25 pm on Friday.

This latest wave of tensions between the two rivals first began after the militant group Jaish-e-Mohammad claimed responsibility for the suicide bombing on Indian paramilitary forces.

For its part, Kazakhstan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs expressed its concern about escalation of tensions between India and Pakistan, calling on the parties to have a constructive political and diplomatic dialogue as it is the only effective and acceptable way of solving the crisis, Tengri News reported on Friday.

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