According to the Pakistan Army, at least three Pakistani and five Indian soldiers were killed following a cross-border firefight in the disputed Kashmir region. New Delhi denied that there were casualties among its forces.
Maj. Gen. Asif Ghafoor, Spokesman for the Pakistani Armed Forces, wrote on Twitter Thursday that his three soldiers had died along with five of the Indian troops when Indian troops opened fire along the controversial border, known as "line of control" ( LOC) is known.
"The intermittent firefight continues," tweeted Ghafoor.
He informed Al Jazeera that on Thursday three civilians were killed in the same cross-border firefight on Batal sector on the Pakistani side of the LoC.
To distract attention from the precarious situation in IOJ & K, the Indian army is intensifying the fire along the LOC.
3 Pakistani soldiers hugged Shahadat. The Pakistani army responded effectively. 5 Indian soldiers killed, many injured, bunkers damaged. The intermittent fire exchange continues. pic.twitter.com/wx1RoYdiKE
– GD ISPR (@OfficialDGISPR) August 15, 2019
A spokesman for the Indian Army denied the testimony of the Pakistani army. "No losses, this claim is false," the spokesman was quoted by the Reuters news agency.
In a statement cited by news agencies, the Indian Army said Pakistan had violated a heavily-militarized LoC at around 7am in the morning, a truce between the two nations in Ukraine.
Kashmir status abolished
Developments occur at a time of growing tensions between India and Pakistan after the Hindu government of New Delhi last week revoked the special status of India's Kashmir.
India's decision blocks the right of the majority Muslim state of Jammu and Kashmir to enact its own laws, and allows non-residents to buy property there.
Telephone lines, Internet and TV networks have been blocked and there are restrictions on movement and assembly.
In the run-up to its controversial plan on August 5, India deployed thousands of other troops and arrested political leaders in Indian-administered Kashmir.
Two of their three wars have led nuclear-armed India and Pakistan around the controversial territory of Kashmir.
" Details that have been inflicted some damage on houses in the area. The tensions at this border are still high." Al Jazeeras Osama Bin Javaid reported Muzaffarabad in Pakistan-administered Kashmir.
"We have. I have visited some of these villages where people have told us that for a normal life it is very difficult to continue there because they live in constant fear."
On Wednesday turned Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan to the Local Legislature
Vowing to have come to teach New Delhi a lesson, he vowed to fight to the end against any Indian aggression.
Khan has also compared India's movements in Kashmir Pakistan officially called on the United Nations Security Council late Tuesday to hold an emergency meeting to address the situation.
Islamabad has also appealed to the international community to take action The Indian ambassador was expelled, bilateral trade suspended and cross-border traffic suspended.
"I believe that the confidence of the Kashmiri people is very low, and more importantly, that India has a number of moderate pro-Indian politicians imprisoned leaders of the political party; there is really no mediator between the majority Muslim population of Indian citizens in the Kashmir valley, "said Adnan Naseemullah, a senior lecturer at King's Coll ege London, Al Jazeera said.
"I think the lack of representativeness to be part of this process will be of great importance for further economic development."
Year Pakistan and India once again came to a complete conflict after a Pakistani-based group launched a militant attack on Kashmir in the country in February to detonate the airstrikes.
The United Nations meets with Pakistan and China
The UN Security Council is scheduled to meet behind closed doors Friday at the request of China and Pakistan to discuss India's decision to revoke the special status of Jammu and Kashmir.
A 15-member council is unlikely, as the US traditionally supports India and China.
"Pakistan will not provoke conflict, but India should not confuse our reluctance with weakness," Pakistan's Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi wrote in a letter to the Security Council on Tuesday.
"If India wants to resort to violence again, Pakistan must respond to self-defense with all its abilities."
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres urged India and Pakistan not to take steps to secure the special status of Could affect jammu and cashmere. Guterres also expressed anxious reports of restrictions on the Indian side of Kashmir.
The Security Council passed several resolutions in 1948 and the 1950s on the dispute between India and Pakistan over the region, including one in which a referendum on the future of Kashmir was to be held, mostly Muslim Kashmir.
Another resolution calls on both sides "not to make statements or to initiate or allow actions that could aggravate the situation".