31 October, 2020

Explosive Exchanges

Pakistan launches a propaganda blitz against India over the mysterious rocket attacks

Explosive Exchanges
India and Pakistan normally do not need a reason to start a squabble. But when 18 persons were killed in a rocket attack on a mosque in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir's (PoK) Forward Kahuta village about 10 km from the Line of Actual Control (LAC) on January 26, it once again led to a war of words between the neighbours, which was nastier than the usual exchanges. The immediate effect was an escalation of tension on the Kashmir border, and continuous firing between the two forces from Akhnoor to Poonch sectors. India, however, moved no extra forces to the region.

One of the two rockets that were fired from an unknown source had landed on the mosque when the faithful were offering Friday prayers during Ramzan. The reaction was strong and swift. Islamabad went to town with it, portraying India as an aggressor. The local and foreign media in Pakistan were taken to the spot and the pictures of those killed were prominently displayed.

Forward Kahuta is strategically located. It is the sub-divisional headquarters of Bagh district, where Indian officials say Pakistani...



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