Indian Army used cluster munitions along LoC to hit civilians

Panic in Kashmir after India asks tourists and pilgrims to leave

Indian Army's Lieutenant General KJS Dhillon speaks during a news conference in Srinagar on Friday

"Five-seven Pakistani army regulars/terrorists eliminated; their bodies are lying on the LoC, not retrieved yet due to heavy firing", the statement released by the army read. While two militants were killed in Sopore township of Baramulla district of north Kashmir, two others were killed in Shopian district of south Kashmir in an operation which began on Friday, a police official said.

As tensions build, near-daily clashes between Indian forces with separatist militants in Kashmir and Pakistan forces across the border go on.

Earlier on Sunday, the Indian Army informed the Pakistani Army that it can approach with white flags and take back the bodies of five members of its Border Action Team, usually comprising army regulars and terrorists, who were killed while they were trying to cross the LoC into India and ambush Indian troops on patrol.

India has deployed at least 10,000 troops there in recent days, with media reports of a further 25,000 ordered to Kashmir.

Last month, Trump had made a stunning claim that Prime Minister Narendra Modi asked him to mediate on the vexed issue during their meeting in Japan, evoking a sharp reaction from India which denied Modi making any such request.

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"This is a familiar Indian ploy to externalise blame, use baseless allegations as a smokescreen, and persist with its state-sponsored repression against the Kashmiri people".

Two militants accused of staging attacks on Indian government forces were also killed in a gun battle, according to police. In the wake of the security threat, more forces have been brought to the Valley.

The Indian Army has denied the accusations of using prohibited weapons, the news agency ANI reported.

But Mohammad Nasim opted to shift his family from Chakoti village to a safer place. "Pakistani Army is yet to respond".

Notably, fresh intelligence inputs have warned to increased terror activities and infiltration bid by Pakistan-based terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir.

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Tourists and students have been scrambling to leave Kashmir since the Jammu and Kashmir state government said they should leave "immediately".

The FO statement added that speculation had mounted that the Indian authorities might attempt to alter the demographic structure in Indian-held Kashmir (IHK) and bring about a material change on the ground.

He said Pakistan has made a number of attempts in the last 36 hours to disturb peace in the Valley and to target Amarnath Yatra.

Pakistan would always stand strong with the Kashmiri people and would never leave them alone.

Rebels in Indian-controlled Kashmir have been fighting Indian control since 1989.

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Khan also condemned alleged Indian attacks on the civilian population.

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