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India's Modi makes landmark visit to disputed Kashmir

Published on Aug 12, 2014 4:05 PM
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (centre) waves to unseen wellwishers as he arrives to meet with Nepalese Prime Minister Sushil Koirala following a meeting at the prime minister's office in Kathmandu on Aug 3, 2014. Mr Modi was the first Indian prime minister to visit the town of Kargil in the Kashmir region since more than 1,000 died in a battle fought there 15 years ago. -- PHOTO: AFP

KARGIL, INDIA (AFP) - Mr Narendra Modi accused Pakistan of waging a proxy war in Kashmir on Tuesday as he visited the town of Kargil, scene of a deadly conflict in 1999.

Mr Modi landed in the remote Himalayan town a day after India and its rival Pakistan traded accusations of ceasefire violations on their disputed border.

He is the first Indian leader to visit the highly sensitive area, where a 1999 Pakistan army incursion triggered a conflict between the two countries.

Since then, India has maintained a heavy military presence in Muslim-majority Kargil, in the remote mountainous region of Ladakh. Mr Modi's predecessor Manmohan Singh visited the town in 2005.

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