Kashmir Skirmishes Exacerbate India-Pakistan Tensions

Kashmir Skirmishes Exacerbate India-Pakistan Tensions

NEW DELHI, India -- A series of brazen infiltration attempts by militant groups in Indian Kashmir have resulted in fierce gun battles with security forces, and threaten to exacerbate already tense relations between India and Pakistan. The skirmishes come amid fears of militant attacks on prominent political leaders as the campaign for India's parliamentary elections gets under way.

A five-day gun battle in north Kashmir's Kupwara region left 17 militants as well as eight Indian Army commandos dead in the last week of March. The militants were part of an unusually large group of 25 Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) operatives trying to enter the volatile province. Bearing out LeT warnings of more such confrontations in the days to come, a second battle with another group of heavily armed militants erupted in Gurez almost as soon as the first had ended.

The Indian Army claims that the militants had undergone rigorous military training for several months in camps located across the Line of Control in Pakistan-administered Kashmir, and along Pakistan's border with Afghanistan. Unlike in the past, the new wave of infiltration comes while the passes are still heavily snowed under. Militants usually wait for the spring or summer thaws before moving in. Indian security forces found global positioning systems, radio sets and detailed maps of the area's dense forests on the militants who were killed.

Keep reading for free!

Get instant access to the rest of this article by submitting your email address below. You'll also get access to three articles of your choice each month and our free newsletter:

Or, Subscribe now to get full access.

Already a subscriber? Log in here .

What you’ll get with an All-Access subscription to World Politics Review:

A WPR subscription is like no other resource — it’s like having a personal curator and expert analyst of global affairs news. Subscribe now, and you’ll get:

  • Immediate and instant access to the full searchable library of tens of thousands of articles.
  • Daily articles with original analysis, written by leading topic experts, delivered to you every weekday.
  • Regular in-depth articles with deep dives into important issues and countries.
  • The Daily Review email, with our take on the day’s most important news, the latest WPR analysis, what’s on our radar, and more.
  • The Weekly Review email, with quick summaries of the week’s most important coverage, and what’s to come.
  • Completely ad-free reading.

And all of this is available to you when you subscribe today.