India accuses Pakistan of aiding militants in Kashmir
SRINAGAR, India (AFP) - India on Tuesday accused arch-rival Pakistan of continuing to push Islamic militants into its part of disputed Kashmir following fresh clashes along the heavily militarised border.
In the latest incidents, three Indian army soldiers and five Islamic militants were killed in two separate clashes near the Line of Control -- pushing up the average daily death toll after a period of relative calm.
"There has been no let up on the part of Pakistan to infiltrate terrorists along treacherous routes in Kashmir," army spokesman Anil Kumar Mathur told AFP.
He said two more soldiers were hurt in the fighting in the districts of Kupwara and Gulmarg -- both of which touch the Line of Control -- and added that troops recovered arms and explosives.
The Indian army says it has registered an increase in militant infiltrations in Muslim-majority Kashmir, which is split between the two nuclear-armed rivals but claimed by both.
Islamabad denies New Delhi's charges of arming and funding the militants, and has pledged to stop insurgents in Kashmir.