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    India Renewed Artillery Fire in Kashmir

    India Renewed Artillery Fire in Kashmir


    NEW DELHI, July 21: India renewed artillery fire in three areas of northern Kashmir where intruders had not yet withdrawn behind
    the Line of Control, a senior Indian army official said. He said 100 to 150 "militants" were still holed up in the Mushkoh valley,
    Drass and Batalik sub-sectors of Kargil, where Indian ground and air forces waged a two-month offensive against hundreds of
    intruders until a withdrawal agreement last week.
    He said Pakistan was responding with artillery fire from its side of the Line of Control, which was drawn in 1972 after the last of three wars between the nuclear-capable rivals.
    Lt Gen H.M. Khanna told reporters in Srinagar that the remaining intrusions were "not of nerve-shattering tactical relevance". Asked
    if he saw any chances of a re-escalation, the commander of the Northern Command said: "I would not rule it out, but having
    conceded to the world that they would withdraw to their side of the Line of Control, I assume they will comply". He said 96-99% of the occupied areas had been recaptured and the military operations chiefs of both sides would discuss the final pockets of intrusion. New Delhi says most of the intruders were Pakistani soldiers while Islamabad maintained they were freedom fighters.


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