First lull in Kashmir since latest India-Pakistan escalation

Pakistan frees captured Indian pilot in 'gesture of peace'

The fresh anti-militancy drive was launched after a Kashmiri member of a Pakistan-based militant group killed 40 Indian paramilitary police in a suicide bombing on 14 February. Indian police, meanwhile, said two siblings and their mother were killed in Indian-controlled Kashmir.

Both leaders also "reiterated their commitment" to the UK-Pakistan bilateral relationship during the interaction, which follows heightened tensions between India and Pakistan following a terrorist attack in Pulwama district of Jammu and Kashmir on February 14.

Havaldar Abdul Rub and Naik Khuram, the two Pakistani soldiers who embraced martyrdom on Saturday at the de facto border in Kashmir, were laid to rest with full military honours in their native town of Dera Ghazi Khan.

Pakistan says last week's strikes were both ineffective - claiming they hit an empty hillside - and an unprecedented breach of the Line of Control, the first in years. But Indian security forces said they were carrying out major anti-militancy operations on their side on Kashmir and had shot dead two militants.

Abhinandan was shot down in his MiG fighter Wednesday as he chased Pakistani jets over disputed Kashmir.

The situation became highly tense when Indian jets violated Pakistan airspace and dropped bombs in forest area.

The session took place amidst simmering tensions between India and Pakistan in the wake of "surgical strikes" and military confrontation over the past one week.

India was quick to blame the state of Pakistan for the suicide bombing.PM Imran offered every possible help in the investigation, but India turned down the offer and whipped up war hysteria.




But she also urged Khan to crack down on terrorist groups operating in Pakistan, according to a Downing Street statement. Pakistan denied using the American-supplied fighter and denied that any of its planes had been shot down.

Indian soldiers stand guard before the release of Indian Air Force pilot Wing Commander Abhinandan, who was captured by Pakistan on Wednesday, at Wagah border, on the outskirts of the northern city of Amritsar, India, March 1, 2019.

In a fearsome 24 hour spell, 2 soldiers and 2 civilians died on the Pakistan side, its military said.

Jaitley dismissed suggestions that the rapid escalation in tensions with Pakistan had anything to do with India's domestic politics ahead of a general election due by May.

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.

Pakistani government official Moazzam Zafar says some 200 families have already taken shelter in three large government buildings in the territory. The countries have fought three wars since independence from Britain in 1947.

"I don't care whether the Indian pilot is gone or not, I don't care who released him and why, but I want to know whether peace will return to us after his return to India", said Mohammad Sadiq, a shopkeeper who also was among the displaced.

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