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Pakistan sees risk of accidental war over Kashmir

Pakistan s foreign minister warned Wednesday that the situation in Indian Kashmir risked sparking an accidental war , and urged UN rights chief Michelle Bachelet to visit the troubled region. Speaking to journalists on the sidelines of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, Shah Mehmood Qureshi said he believed both Pakistan and India understand the consequences of a conflict. But with tensions soaring since New Delhi revoked Kashmir s autonomy last month, he warned that you cannot rule out an accidental war. If the situation persists... then anything is possible, Qureshi said. India imposed a clampdown on Kashmir from August 5 to prevent unrest as New Delhi revoked the disputed region s autonomy. Mobile phone networks and the internet are still cut off in all but a few pockets. Tensions over Kashmir, split between India and Pakistan since 1947, have sparked two major wars and countless clashes between the two nuclear-armed arch-rivals. Qureshi, who on Tuesday appealed to the ..

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