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Several days after his election for a third mandate as Prime Minister of Pakistan, Nawaz Sharif stressed the need to "progressively pursue normalcy" in Pakistan's bilateral relations with India, "while actively seeking solutions for all outstanding issues, including Jammu and Kashmir." 50 days later, several incidents in Kashmir have complicated Mr. Sharif's commitment.
In June, an Indian jet allegedly violated the Pakistani airspace, prompting an alert take-off by the Pakistani air force. Meanwhile, fighting across the line of control in Kashmir killed several people, including a 10-year-old Kashmiri girl. Although it was confirmed that the region has "suddenly flared up again," – new incidents took place this month – DiploNews noticed it has become increasingly difficult to get fresh updates on the incidents, neither the United Nations (UN) nor the parties involved were able to answer questions in press briefings.
Some information came, however, from the Pakistani government which accused the Indian Border Security Force (BSF) of anti-Muslim actions in "occupied" Kashmir, notably a "desecration of the Holy Quran," and the killing of six civilians, including two in Jammu. The Pakistani Ministry of Foreign Affairs expressed "serious concern," and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) condemned the use of force "by the Indian forces."
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