Pakistan objects road construction near Kashmir LoC

Pakistan objects road construction near Kashmir LoC

SRINAGAR, Indian-controlled Kashmir, May 23 (Xinhua) — Pakistan has expressed objection to the construction of a 12 km road stretch by India near line-of-control (LoC) dividing Kashmir, a local daily Greater Kashmir reported Friday.

The objections forced Indian officials to suspend work on the stretch. The Srinagar-based newspaper said the road was supposed to connect three hamlets in the frontier Uri town.

\”As Pakistani army raised red flags and made announcements asking us to stop construction, we had no option but to halt the work,\” the newspaper quoting its official sources as saying.

Islamabad’s contention, according to newspaper, is that the road link violates the understanding between the two countries — restricting constructions within 500 meters of the LoC.

LoC is a de facto border that divides Kashmir into India and Pakistan controlled parts.

Kashmir, the Himalayan region divided between India and Pakistan, is claimed by both in full. Since their Independence from the British, the two countries have fought three wars, two exclusively over Kashmir.

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