Another regional conflict could be brewing between India and Pakistan along the Line of Control (LoC) that separates Kashmir. Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Sunday requested the international community to mediate the developing crisis as India continues to strengthen its military forces in Kashmir and ordered tourists and pilgrims to leave the Jammu and Kashmir state.
"President Trump offered to mediate on Kashmir. This is the time to do so as the situation deteriorates there and along the LoC with new aggressive actions being taken by Indian occupation forces. This has the potential to blow up into a regional crisis," Khan tweeted.
Khan accused India on Saturday of shelling and using cluster bombs on civilians across densely populated areas on the LoC. He asked the United Nations to monitor the situation.
Pakistan's military released images of the cluster bomb's submunitions that were unexploded on the Pakistan side. Other photos surfaced on social media of a town in Pakistan being shelled by Indian forces late last week.
"Use of cluster bombs by Indian Army violating international conventions is condemnable," Major General Asif Ghafoor, chief spokesman for Pakistan's armed forces, tweeted.
India has denied the use of cluster bombs, which releases explosive bomblets that are intended to kill people and destroy vehicles. These weapons are banned under the Geneva Convention governing international warfare.
Pakistan's accusations this weekend come after India claimed Pakistani terrorists were preparing attacks on Hindu pilgrims in Kashmir, leading to a significant build-up of Indian forces in the area with the mandatory evacuation of tourists in the region on Saturday.
Several Indian television outlets have reported that Indian military reinforcements are arriving in the Himalayan territory amid threats of conflict with Pakistan. Students in the Himalayan Valley were told to leave their schools this weekend amid escalating threats.
Britain and Germany issued travel warnings this weekend to the region.
According to The Intel Crab, "Civilians living up to 5 kilometers (3.1 miles) away from the LoC in #Pakistan are told by local authorities to arm themselves and prepare for self-protection following recent skirmishes with #India."
Civilians living up to 5 kilometers away from the LoC in #Pakistan are told by local authorities to arm themselves and prepare for self protection following recent skirmishes with #India. pic.twitter.com/iKmH3WAANL— 𝙏𝙝𝙚 𝙄𝙣𝙩𝙚𝙡 𝘾𝙧𝙖𝙗 (@IntelCrab) August 4, 2019
The India Times reported Saturday that Indian Armed Forces had deployed howitzer artillery pieces in response to what they say Pakistan has broken ceasefire agreements.
Here are images from the LoC last Wednesday, reportedly showing the devastation left behind by the shelling.
Video of the aftermath of Indian shelling at a small town along LoC.
Some scenes of damage in the result of firing by Indian Army on LOC over the last days in different places of Nellum Valley..... 😥😥💔#KashmirBurning#KashmirBleeds#KashmirSeeksAttention#NellumValley pic.twitter.com/Emr7Dy1wuI— Hanan Khan Khattak (@hanankhattak999) July 31, 2019
More footage shows Indian forces shelling Pakistani military bunkers.
Another video shows Indian forces shelling the Neelum–Jhelum Hydropower Plant in Pakistan
Indians are targeting the Neelam Jehlum project Dam....30 km inside from the LOC....— Zaid Hamid (@ZaidZamanHamid) August 2, 2019
Why is there no protest or mention of this by our FO? This is a grave provocation..and a war crime...😠🤬 pic.twitter.com/kDk3CsHNMA
Several Twitter accounts posted pictures of the cluster bombs that were reportedly used by India.