India, Pakistani Forces Continue Deadly Artillery Fire In Kashmir

Sunday, 03 Mar, 2019

The agency said in a statement that all domestic and global flights would resume to and from the cities of Karachi, Islamabad, Peshawar and Quetta.

Meanwhile, Indian police said two paramilitary soldiers and two counterinsurgency police officials were killed in a gunbattle with militants in Indian-controlled Kashmir, while troops fatally shot a civilian during anti-India protests. The closures snarled air traffic.

Shelling across the so-called Line of Control (LoC), which acts as a border in the disputed area, killed two Pakistani soldiers after they exchanged fire with their Indian counterparts.

Since the escalation, world leaders have scrambled to head off an all-out war between the archrivals. President Donald Trump, in Hanoi on Thursday, said he had been involved in seeking to de-escalate the conflict.

"We did not know whether we will get any shelter and how could we take our animals" with us, he said.

We can't allow this to get out of control,"Albright said responding to a question from Congressman Brad Sherman during a hearing on “Trump Administration Foreign Policy Assessment” on Wednesday".

Wing Commander Abhinandan's release from Pakistan came a day after Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan announced in Parliament that he would be released on Friday as a "peace gesture".

Buzdar said: "This move will help de-escalte tensions between India and Pakistan". He did not elaborate.

Pakistan's government sought to claim the moral high ground in the latest flare-up of the decades-old dispute, sending a tweet confirming Varthaman's handover, with the hashtag, #PakistanLeadsWithPeace. "The region will prosper if there is peace and stability".

Pakistani protesters burn a picture of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi during a rally against India in Karachi, Pakistan, March 1, 2019.

When he crossed over to India Friday night, his right eye above his handlebar moustache appeared swollen.

People living along the Line of Control do keep bunkers near their homes, but residents say they can not spend days and nights in them.

India and Pakistan have fought three wars since independence from Britain and partition in 1947.

"While in captivity, he was treated with dignity and in line with global law", the Pakistani Foreign Ministry said in a statement. He refused to provide details about the information that New Delhi has shared.

Modi spoke for the first time about the captured pilot on Friday. While several countries, including France and Japan, have called for dialogue between India and Pakistan, they have also asked Pakistan strongly to end cross-border terrorism aimed at India.

"I urge Pakistan to take meaningful steps to address terrorist groups operating within their country and for both governments to resolve their differences peacefully", said Yoho, Lead Republican for the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asia, the Pacific, and Nonproliferation.

Pakistan's military spokesman said that Pakistan fighter jets had carried out "strikes" - exactly what they did remains unclear - in Indian-administered Kashmir on Wednesday.