Islamabad has responded with strong language against accusations by New Delhi that Pakistan is responsible for unprovoked attacks on Indian-controlled Kashmir.
Pakistan’s government said on October 9 it does not want a situation on the “borders of two nuclear neighbors” to escalate into confrontation.
Pakistan’s Defense Ministry also said Pakistan can respond “befittingly” to Indian action on the disputed border.
Indian Defense Minister Arun Jaitley on October 9 blamed Pakistan for shelling that has killed at least 17 civilians during the past week on both sides of the Line of Control that divides disputed Kashmir.
Jaitley said continued “adventurism” by Pakistan would come at an “unaffordable” cost to Islamabad.
India and Pakistan have fought three wars over the Muslim-majority territory since the end of British colonial rule on the subcontinent in 1947.
Indian-administered Kashmir has scheduled elections for December.
Based on reporting by Reuters, AP, and AFP