Indian soldier’s release from Pakistan ‘to take days’


India was working to secure the release of a soldier held in Pakistan but it will take “some days”, the defence minister said on Sunday (October 2), following a dramatic spike in tensions between the rivals. India says the soldier was captured on Thursday after he “inadvertently” crossed over into the Pakistani side of the defacto border that divides Kashmir between the two nuclear-armed neighbours. Manohar Parrikar said the capture did not relate to the Indian military’s strikes on militants that sources said on Thursday occurred several kilometres inside Pakistan-controlled Kashmir. “He had crossed over, which happens in border areas.…

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