4 civilians killed after India, Pakistan trade fire on Kashmir border

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The agency issued a statement saying all domestic and worldwide flights will be allowed to and from the cities of Karachi, Islamabad, Peshawar and Quetta.

His polite refusal to proffer more details than necessary - "I am sorry major, I am not supposed to tell you this" - won him particular sympathy in India.

A furious backlash erupted in India Saturday over a video of an Indian pilot shot down by Pakistan praising his captors, as deadly tensions simmered between the neighbours with fierce shelling across their Kashmir frontier. The closures snarled air traffic.

On Tuesday, India carried out air strikes on what it said was a militant camp in Pakistan in retaliation for a suicide bombing that killed at least 40 Indian troops in Indian-administered Kashmir on 14 February. "It's been going on for a long time - decades and decades".

"We wanted to convey to them that we do not want to increase your sorrow, we do not want to mistreat your citizens, we just want peace". The United States and other world powers have urged restraint.

A day after Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman returned to India, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Saturday met him at RR hospital in Delhi.

The highly symbolic Wagah crossing point, where the handover is due to take place, is famed for hosting colourful rival ceremonies by Indian and Pakistani soldiers each day at sundown.

"India is changing.This country has the strength to change the word meaning in dictionary also". Khan said a man was also wounded in the Tatta Pani area. He did not elaborate. It said that it had also foiled an attack by Pakistani warplanes over Kashmir, and shot down one Pakistani plane. "We encourage both parties to continue to move in the same direction and take substantive steps in resolving relevant disputes through consultations and dialogues to jointly safeguard regional peace and stability", Kang added. "It is good for both sides". The airspace is expected to re-open by 6 p.m., according to an official government notice.

Kashmir has been at the root of two of the three wars fought between India and Pakistan.

Dr Bugti is an FSP (equivalent to India's IFS) officer and is in charge of handling India affairs at their Foreign office (counterpart of India's Ministry of External Affairs). He refused to provide details about the information that New Delhi has shared.

It marked the first fatalities for Pakistani troops since Wednesday.

New Delhi accused Pakistan of firing mortar shell across the LoC border. In 2008, the Pakistan-based terrorist group Lashkar-e-Taiba attacked the Taj hotel in Mumbai, murdering more than 100 people in one of the most high-profile terrorist attacks in India's history.

And it was followed by an invitation to the Indian Government by Pakistani leaders to do its part to avoid a conflict.