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War Drums in the Mountains of Kashmir

Not many people noticed but yesterday Pakistani and Indian soldiers shot at each other and, according to the Pakistanis, Indian forces raided a Pakistani outpost. Remember that Kashmir is the site of the world’s most dangerous standoff between nuclear powers. The Hindustan Times reports:

Pakistan on Monday lodged a protest over what it described as an “unprovoked Indian attack” on one of its military posts along the Line of Control, a claim which the Indian Army has rejected.

The incident had resulted in the death of a Pakistani soldier and injuries to another, [Pakistani foreign office spokesman Moazzam Khan] said. The Pakistan Army had claimed on Sunday that Indian troops had allegedly crossed the LoC and “raided” a border post. An exchange of fire continued across the LoC for some time.

However, Indian Army headquarters in New Delhi have said “no such incident has taken place where our soldiers have attacked any Pakistani post.”

Despite the sparse reporting and ambiguity over who did what, this is a big deal. Every few years flare-ups like this spin into major crises and confrontations, and between battles, Pakistan’s attention remains fixed on what it sees as its most dangerous and determined foe. America’s steadily warming relations with India make a chill in our relations with Pakistan inevitable; that problem haunts our Afghan withdrawal strategy and the unstable relationship between these two angry and hostile powers continues to pose very large problems for the rest of the world.

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