Indian Army Chief Bipin Rawat claimed action “had been taken”, referring to a airstrike that India claim struck a militant camp within Pakistani territory. He added that the group hit by the strike was responsible for an act of terror in Kashmir, where 40 Indian soldiers were killed by a car bomb. Rawat claims it was in response to an Indian fighter jet was shot down by Pakistani air force in February, who then took the pilot as prisoner before releasing him.
However, Rawat claimed Indian aggression may not stop there.
He said: “Why repeat? Why not beyond that? Let them keep guessing.”
Rawat did not provide any evidence to back his claims.
Pakistani officials – speaking on condition of anonymity – denied India’s airstrike boasts, stating no sights were hit or were even in operation in the area
They said India’s government and military were “using false propaganda to implicate Pakistan for the domestic backlash to Indian repression in Indian-administered Kashmir”.
India has placed a curfew and other restrictions on people in its part of Kashmir since downgrading the special status of the disputed Himalayan region on August 5.
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has called on India to life curfews in the region which has been engulfed by violence for decades.
Khan and Indian Prime Minister Nerendra Modi are set to meet at the UN General Assembly today in New York.
Conflict over Kashmir has persisted since the late Forties when India and Pakistan won independence from Britain.
More recently, relations have grown increasingly aggressive between the two nuclear-armed countries after India modified its constitution, repealing Kashmir’s special status.
Article 370 granted the region autonomy, self governance and self identity – but Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi changed the legislation meaning the region is now split into two union territories.
Kashmir lost its right to frame its own laws and non-residents were allowed to buy property there in changes the Indian government said would drive development and pull the region into line with the rest of the nation.