India-Pakistan border clash leaves nine dead
(8 October 2014)
An altercation between Indian and Pakistani troops on the Kashmir border has killed nine civilians, according to national news sources. Pakistan claimed that Indian troop firing had killed four civilians in Pakistani-administered Kashmir, whereas India claimed the deaths of five civilians had resulted from Pakistani troops firing shells into the Indian-administered part of Kashmir. The BBC was unable to verify the conflicting accounts of the incident, which occurred as Muslims in Kashmir were celebrating the festival of Eid.
The Kashmir border has been a point of conflict between India and Pakistan for over 60 years, with the most recent ceasefire in 2003 having been subject to frequent interruptions due to altercations along the Line of Control between the two countries.
In August, Indian officials accused Pakistan of interfering in internal affairs and cancelled talks between the two countries. In previous years, Indian and Pakistani troops had exchanged sweets to mark the Eid festival, but due to increased tensions between the two countries no sweet exchange occurred this year.
Indian media criticise Kashmir border clashes, 7 October 2014, BBC News, http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-29517073
Kashmir: Nine civilians killed in India-Pakistan border firing, 6 October 2014, BBC News, http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-29502054