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Indonesia Urges India, Pakistan to Exercise Restraint

English diplomacy (en) south and central asia (en)
Wahyu Dwi Anggoro • 28 Februari 2019 13:15
Jakarta: The Indonesian government has urged both India and Pakistan to avoid any actions that can escalate tensions in Jammu-Kashmir region.
 
"Indonesia follows with concern recent developments in relations between India and Pakistan on the issue of Jammu-Kashmir," the Indonesian Foreign Affairs Ministry said in a written statement received by Medcom.id.
 
"Considering the importance of the two countries in South Asia, Indonesia hopes the two countries would continue to be part of efforts in creating a peaceful, stable, and prosperous Indo-Pacific region," the ministry said.

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"Indonesia calls on all relevant parties to exercise maximum self-restraint, take immediate measures to reduce tensions, and prevent the escalation of conflict in Jammu-Kashmir," the ministry said.
 
According to Antara news agency, tensions between the two nuclear neighbors have escalated after a suicide bombing in Jammu and Kashmir that killed more than 40 Indian paramilitary troops on February 14. The Jaish-e-Mohammad (JEM) militant group claimed responsibility for the attack.
 
On Tuesday, Indian jets entered Pakistan's airspace to target a JEM camp saying it had killed several militants. Pakistani officials immediately denied India's claim.
 
A day later, Pakistan claimed it had shot down two Indian military aircraft that entered its territory and arrested a pilot. India said it had shot down a Pakistani jet and lost one of its aircraft in the process along the Line of Control.
 
On the same day, a third Indian military chopper crashed in Indian-administered Kashmir killing all six people on board and a civilian on the ground. Pakistan said it had nothing to do with the third incident.
 
A Muslim-majority Himalayan region, Jammu and Kashmir is held by India and Pakistan in parts and claimed by both in full. A small sliver of Kashmir is also held by China.
 
Since they were partitioned in 1947, the two countries have fought three wars in 1948, 1965 and 1971. Two of them over Kashmir.
 

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