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Retired Indian general urges caution against Pakistan strike

Sanju, right, and Sanjana, wife and sister respectively of paramilitary soldier Mahesh Yadav, who was killed in Thursday's explosion in Kashmir, mourn...

Sanju, right, and Sanjana, wife and sister respectively of paramilitary soldier Mahesh Yadav, who was killed in Thursday's explosion in Kashmir, mourn...

SRINAGAR, India (AP) — As India considers its response to the suicide car bombing of a paramilitary convoy in Kashmir that killed dozens of soldiers, a retired military commander who oversaw a military strike against neighboring Pakistan in 2016 has urged caution.

A Kashmiri militant rammed an explosive-laden van into a convoy bus Thursday, killing 41 soldiers and injuring two dozen in the worst attack against Indian government forces in Kashmir's history.

India blamed the attack on Pakistan and promised a "crushing response." New Delhi accuses its archrival of supporting rebels in Kashmir, a charge Islamabad denies.

The retired military commander, Lt. Gen. D.S. Hooda, said Saturday that while "some kind of limited (military) strike (against Pakistan) is more than likely," he hopes for "rethinking and reconciliation" from all sides in the conflict.


Updated : 2021-08-01 11:11 GMT+08:00