Athletic

Six killed in Kashmir, days after India cancels Pakistan talks

An Indian soldier and five

suspected militants have died in fighting in Kashmir, the army said Monday,

just days after high-level talks with Pakistan were cancelled over tensions

in the disputed territory.

Colonel Rajesh Kalia said two suspected rebels died Sunday when the army

detected a group trying to cross the de facto border dividing Kashmir into

Indian and Pakistani sectors.

Three more suspected militants, and an Indian soldier, were killed Monday.

The incidents in northern Tangdhar area, near the heavily militarised

Himalayan frontier dividing the nuclear-armed neighbours, could not be

independently verified.

Last week India abruptly cancelled a meeting with Pakistan, just 24 hours

after agreeing to the rare encounter on the sidelines of the UN General

Assembly in New York.

High-level talks between India and Pakistan are rare and the meeting,

between their foreign ministers, would have been the first for nearly three

years.

New Delhi said it cancelled the talks after the brutal killings of our

security personnel by Pakistan-based entities.

Last week three policeman were abducted and killed by militants in

Kashmir, and a border guard was also murdered in the divided region.

India also objected to the release of Pakistani postage stamps in July

glorifying a terrorist and terrorism, saying it revealed their evil

agenda.

Among the commemorative stamps was one of Burhan Wani, a charismatic

Kashmiri militant commander killed by Indian troops in July 2016.

His death sparked a wave of violent protests in the part of Kashmir

administered by India.

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan called it an arrogant and negative

response to his calls for the resumption of peace talks.

India's Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj said Khan had written to Prime

Minister Narendra Modi last week about a readiness to discuss terrorism but

had shown his true face.

India has long accused Pakistan of arming rebel groups in Kashmir, which

has been divided between the two countries since the end of British colonial

rule in 1947.

India also accuses Pakistan of financing the deadly 2008 militant attacks

in Mumbai.

Rebel groups have since 1989 been fighting Indian police and soldiers

deployed in Kashmir. They seek its unification with Pakistan or its

independence.

Tens of thousands, mostly civilians, have died in the fighting.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)