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Pakistan fighting kills 6 civilians, 2 Pakistan troops

Pakistan fighting kills 6 civilians, 2 Pakistan troops

"With a risky 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".

"Today the entire Pakistani nation has again united against the Indian aggression and war hysteria but on the contrary the Indian people are divided as they have now realized the facts about the attitude of their leadership towards Pakistan", the minister said while addressing the convocation ceremony of a private university here.

After Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan announced his release in a widely hailed gesture of goodwill, the pilot was handed over to Indian authorities by Pakistan on Friday.

"This is the strength of this country", Modi said, hinting at the Varthaman issue, according to India media.

"We appeal to the governments on both sides to refrain from further hostilities, overt or covert, and to resolve their differences within the framework of global law and human rights", said the statement signed by 500 prominent Indian citizens.

It marked the first fatalities for Pakistani troops since Wednesday, when tensions dramatically escalated between the nuclear-armed countries over Kashmir, which is split between them but claimed by both in its entirety.

Since overnight Friday, a total of at least six civilians have been killed on both sides of Kashmir.

Indian pilot Abhinandan Varthaman and his aircraft were downed during a dogfight over the contested region of Kashmir earlier this week.

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Pakistan is unlikely to clear the air over Shahaz-ud-Din mainly for two reasons.

India's military said that Pakistan was firing mortar shells across the LoC.

The lady, who accompanied Wing Commander Abhinandan, is none other than Dr Fariha Bugti, Director for Indian affairs at the Foreign office of Pakistan.

Both countries' officials used the routine description for the military confrontations, saying their soldiers retaliated "befittingly", and blamed the other for "unprovoked" violation of the 2003-ceasefire accord at several sectors along the Kashmir frontier, targeting both army posts as well as villages. "We Want peace", said he.

The statement added that "the climate of jingoism" obscured the truth that the principle victims of such conflict were Kashmiris, and it led to "the erosion of democracy including the freedom of expression and dissent".

India and Pakistan have been locked into a dispute over the territory of Kashmir since partition in 1947. When referred to the remarks by Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi that he knows JeM chief Masood Azhar is in Pakistan and that he was in touch with him, Sareen said he has spoken the truth unlike most of his compatriots.

The official, Umar Azam, said Saturday that Pakistani troops are "befittingly" responding to the Indian fire.