Tensions brew on the India-Pakistan border amid global pandemic
Cross-border skirmishes between India and Pakistan are intensifying with no signs of stopping during a global pandemic. India records 411 border violations by Pakistan over the course of March, the highest rate since 2018.
Speaking on behalf of the Pakistani Army, Major-General Babar Iftikhar states that India has violated the ceasefire 705 times this year. Over the same period India records 1,197 Pakistani violations.
Indian officials have raised concerns about Pakistani militants infiltrating Indian parts of Kashmir. One official told Reuters that he expects 250-300 militants to attempt crossing the border as summer approaches.
Pakistan denies giving military or logistical support to militants, however, it does claim to provide moral and diplomatic support to the Kashmiri population in their struggle for national self-determination.
Both countries claim full sovereignty over Kashmir, despite only controlling parts of the territory. Since the 2003 ceasefire agreement, both sides have accused each other of violating the deal and shelling across the Line of Control (LoC).
Pakistan has 4,072 cases of covid-19 with 58 deaths. India has 5,734 cases and 166 deaths.