Border Skirmishes With India Kill 35 in Pakistani Kashmir

8/22/2019

A top official in Pakistan disclosed Tuesday that recent cross-border skirmishes with India have killed dozens of people and injured hundreds of others on the Pakistani side of the disputed Kashmir region.

The military escalation stems from New Delhi's controversial scrapping of decades-old limited constitutional autonomy for Kashmir, the country's only Muslim-majority state. The controversial Indian decision was accompanied by a wide-ranging curfew and communications blackout, cutting off millions of Kashmiris from the rest of the world. Indian media reports said nearly 4,000 political leaders, activists, and civil society representatives have been arrested to deter violent reactions.

Pakistan announced Tuesday it would take the Kashmir dispute with India to the International Court of Justice. The case will revolve around alleged human rights violations by India in Kashmir, which both countries claim in full but rule in part.

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