August 14, 2019 / 5:25 PM / 7 days ago

India accuses Pakistan of helping militants infiltrate Kashmir

People walk on a road covered with stones and pieces of bricks during restrictions after the government scrapped the special constitutional status for Kashmir, in Srinagar August 14, 2019. REUTERS/Danish Ismail

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Indian security officials said on Wednesday a group of Pakistani militants backed by the military tried to infiltrate Indian-controlled Kashmir to foment violence, according to Reuters partner ANI.

Tension is running high between India and Pakistan after New Delhi this month revoked the special status for the portion of Kashmir that it controls, scrapping a constitutional provision that allows the state of Jammu and Kashmir to make its own laws.

Muslim-majority Kashmir has been the site of decades of hostility between nuclear arch-rivals India and Pakistan. Both countries claim it in full but rule it in part.

ANI cited unidentified Indian army sources as saying there was a major infiltration attempt in the Uri sector of Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday night by militants who were given fire cover from Pakistani army posts.

Pakistan’s military did not respond to requests for comment.

Reporting by Mayank Bhardwaj; Editing by Alison Williams

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