Watch: India, Pakistan resume fighting in Kashmir after release of captured Indian pilot
The Pakistan army, which helps Muslim terrorists move into Kashmir and carry out terror attacks, targeted Indian posts and villages along the frontier in Kashmir as fighting resumed overnight with Indian troops retaliating with gunfire and shelling.
Two siblings and their mother were killed in Indian Kashmir when a shell fired by Pakistan hit their home in Poonch region near the so-called Line of Control that divides the Himalayan territory of Kashmir between the two nuclear-armed states.
The children’s father was critically wounded and has been hospitalized.
In Pakistan-controlled Kashmir, government officials said Indian troops with heavy weapons “indiscriminately targeted border villagers” along the Line of Control, killing a boy and wounding three others. He said several homes were destroyed by Indian shelling.
IAF pilot Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman returned to a hero’s welcome from his country late on Friday, almost 60 hours after he was dramatically taken captive after being shot down while chasing an intruding Pakistani F-16.
A “confession” was extracted from Commander Abhinadan praising Pakistan at an ISI facility in Lahore. “This was in complete violation of the Geneva Conventions”, a senior official said, while talking about how quickly the forced video had made its way to the Pakistan media.
“Welcome Home Wing Commander Abhinandan! The nation is proud of your exemplary courage. Our armed forces are an inspiration for 130 crore Indians. Vande Mataram!”, Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted.
The US is seeking more information on the potential misuse of American-made F-16 fighter jets by Pakistan against India in violation of the end-user agreement, the State Department has said.
Tensions between the two nuclear-armed neighbors have reached a boiling point after India carried out air strikes on the biggest Jaish-e-Mohammed terror group training camp at Balakot inside Pakistan, eliminating a large number of Muslim terrorists.
The strikes followed a suicide bomb attack on February 14, in which a Muslim terrorist rammed a car bomb into a paramilitary convoy in Awantipora murdering 40 Central Reserve Police Force personnel and wounding several others, in deadliest terror attack for Indian security forces in Kashmir in two decades.