INDIA and Pakistan are heading towards a “war like situation” as conflict along the contested border dubbed the Line of Control (LoC) intensifies, the former chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir has declared.
Farooq Abdullah issued the stark warning as he blamed both nations for escalating tensions that have led to the “destruction of people”.
"Both sides are doing this. This has led to the destruction of people. This is leading to a war like situation."
Mr Abdullah explained that the only solution to the horrific conflict is a dialogue between New Delhi and Islamabad.
He went on: “War is never a solution to anything. The only solution is dialogue.
“Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) part which is with Pakistan belongs to the neighbouring country and this side to India.
“If the Indian government wants peace it will have to talk to Pakistan and conclude that an autonomy be given to us as well as them.”
The PoK is also referred to as the Azad Jammu and Kashmir is the self governing administered state of in the region.
Tensions continued to soar between the two South Asian after four Indian soldiers were killed and one was wounded after Pakistani troops fired on Indian posts in the Jammu region.
The deputy commissioner of the Rajouri sector in the area, Shahid Iqbal Choudhary, emphasised the horrific hostilities taking place on the contested border.