More than 40,000 villagers have fled their homes since Indian and Pakistani soldiers began exchanging fire across their borders.
Ucanews.com reported at least 12 people, including seven civilians, have been killed in skirmishes since 18th January across the Line of Control, a military demarcation agreed by both nations across Kashmir.
Local leaders such as Bishop Ivan Pereira of Jammu–Srinagar have expressed concern over the mounting tension between the nuclear-powered South Asian rivals.
“The situation is worrisome, as precious human lives are getting lost. We pray that such hostilities between both sides end soon,” Bishop Pereira told ucanews.com.
“Dialogue is the best way to achieve results without shedding blood and without creating any animosity,” he said. “We urge both countries to talk, as violence is not a solution to any issue.”
Picture: Indian paramilitary soldiers stand guard on 22nd January in Srinagar, near the India-Pakistan border. More than 40,000 villagers have fled their homes since Indian and Pakistani soldiers began exchanging fire across their borders. (CNS photo/Farooq Khan, EPA).