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‘They’re in the middle of it’: How Pakistan’s army will respond to India-sponsored protests

PORT CITY, Pakistan — Pakistan’s army on Thursday vowed to “resolve the issue with peaceful means” following the killing of three people and the wounding of three others in a gunbattle on a highway.

The army said it was responding to a request by the Indian side to the presence of Pakistani troops at the border in the wake of the killing and wounding of a woman and her child in the early hours of Thursday.

Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and the interior minister said the government will issue a notification in the coming days.

The Pakistani military has been accused of mounting a campaign of attacks against Indian-held Kashmir and is seen by India as an important ally in the fight against the militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba, which has been battling Indian forces for more than a decade.

India has said the two sides are in direct contact.

A security official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Pakistani troops are operating on the border with Indian troops and are responsible for the border standoff.

Pakistani soldiers in military fatigues stand guard at the Wagah border crossing near the border between Pakistan and India in the disputed Kashmir region.

A Pakistani military officer walks at a border crossing with India in Wagah, Pakistan.

An Indian soldier fires his rifle as Pakistani soldiers guard the border crossing at Wagah in the contested Kashmir region of Kashmir, Pakistan, May 12, 2021.

Indian soldiers stand guard near the Wagakhol border crossing between Pakistan-administered Kashmir and India, which India sees as a vital link between the two countries.

The Indian border in Pakistan has been closed since a July 16 attack on an Indian police post in the region that killed five people.