Clashes between Indian and Pakistani troops broke out in the Poonch and Bhimber Gali areas of Jammu and Kashmir at approximately 08:45 (local time) on Thursday, March 1. According to local sources, two Pakistani soldiers and one civilian were killed in the fighting.
Tensions in the region remain high and additional cross-border fire between Indian and Pakistani forces is possible in the coming days and weeks.
Tensions have been particularly high in the region following a militant attack on an Indian army camp on February 10-11, in which six soldiers died. India has accused Pakistan of arming and training militants responsible for the attack. On February 24, fighting broke out along the Line of Control (LoC), with heavy artillery being reportedly used by both sides for the first time since a ceasefire was implemented in 2003.
A ceasefire has been in place in Kashmir since 2003. However, over 800 incidents of ceasefire violations were reported in Kashmir in 2017 alone, resulting in the deaths of soldiers and civilians on both sides of the border. New Delhi and Islamabad both regularly accuse each other of initiating cross-border clashes.
Individuals in the affected areas are advised to monitor developments to the situation and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities. As a reminder, some Western governments advise their citizens against travel to parts of Jammu and Kashmir, notably areas along the LoC, due to the significant risk of violence.