US President Joe Biden’s South Asia policy could be one reason that spurred the nuclear-armed rivals to talk peace.
The nuclear-armed neighbours signed a ceasefire agreement along the Line of Control in 2003, but the truce has been fraying in recent years and the two sides have exchanged fire hundreds of times in recent months.
Indian and Pakistani troops regularly exchange fire across the mountainous border, but the shelling on Friday was particularly intense, according to Indian officials.
Indian and Pakistani troops trade blame, exchange bombs along de facto border known as Line of Control that divides disputed Kashmir region.
Tensions between the two countries have flared and there has been intermittent cross-border firing since August 5 when New Delhi flooded India administered Kashmir with troops after it revoked the region's special autonomous status.
Pakistan extended army chief General Bajwa's tenure for three years as tensions flared with India which pulled disputed Kashmir's autonomy on August 5. Islamabad said at least two civilians were killed in cross-border fire by Indian troops on Sunday.
Authorities could impose an indefinite curfew on residents as early as Sunday night, a police official says as tensions raise in the disputed region of Kashmir.
The seven-decade dispute over Kashmir has become a humanitarian nightmare, the cause of three wars between nuclear rivals Pakistan and India, and the reason for an ongoing armed rebellion against New Delhi's rule.
When nuclear-armed rivals Pakistan and India exchange fire, world leaders rush to make peace. But within these two countries the media pushes the countries closer to the brink.
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