An Indian army soldier takes up a position near the site of a gunbattle between Indian army soldiers and rebels inside an army brigade headquarters near the border with Pakistan, known as the Line of Control (LoC), in Uri on September 18, 2016.
Militants armed with guns and grenades killed 17 soldiers in a raid September 18 on an army base in Indian-administered Kashmir, the worst such attack for more than a decade in the disputed Himalayan region. / AFP / TAUSEEF MUSTAFA        (Photo credit should read TAUSEEF MUSTAFA/AFP/Getty Images)
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India, Pakistan negotiating release of Indian soldier

Tensions are rising after Indian 'surgical strikes'

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Pakistan captured an Indian soldier on its side of the disputed Kashmir border Thursday, Indian officials told CNN, as tensions continue to rise between the two nuclear neighbors.

The soldier inadvertently crossed the border to the Pakistani side of the Line of Control, which divides the Indian and Pakistani-administered portion of Kashmir, said Colonel Rohan Anand, press officer for the Indian Army.

He added that the Indian and Pakistani militaries are in talks for the soldier’s release.

The arrest comes at a rocky time for India-Pakistan relations, in the wake of cross-border clashes that left two Pakistani soldiers dead.

Killed Pakistani soldiers, Naik Imtiaz (L) and Havildar Jumma Khan (R).

India conducts ‘surgical attacks’

The two soldiers were killed along the de-facto border Thursday in what India called “surgical attacks” to foil a “terrorist attack.”

Pakistan has insisted that no incursion took place into the territory it controls, saying there had only been an exchange of fire.

After an emergency cabinet meeting on Friday, the Prime Minister’s office said in a statement that the cabinet “joined the Prime Minister in completely rejecting the Indian claims of carrying out “surgical strikes.”

On Friday evening, the Pakistani leader’s office confirmed it would convene a meeting of Heads of Parliamentary Parties on Monday to discuss the crisis.

The United Nations said it was “following this situation with great concern” and urged both sides to exercise restraint.

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Bollywood films pulled

The renewed tensions unleashed a torrent of fury on social media and impassioned news coverage from both sides of the border.

On Thursday, the Indian Motion Picture Producers Association asked that all Pakistani artists refrain from working on film projects in India.

Meanwhile, Bollywood films were being pulled in Pakistan. Nadeem Mandviwalla, owner of Mandviwalla Entertainment and shareholder in the largest cinema chain in Pakistan, said his theaters would temporarily pull all Indian films until there’s “normalcy of relations between the two countries.”

Nueplex Cinemas also joined the ban.

‘Credible information’

Indian Lieutenant General Ranbir Singh told reporters on Thursday the strikes had been based on “specific credible information” that militants were planning to carry out strikes in Indian cities, including Jammu.

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“The operations were basically focused to ensure that these terrorists do not succeed in their design of infiltration and carrying out destruction and endangering the lives of citizens in our country,” he said.

However, Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif condemned the attack in a statement, calling it “unprovoked and naked aggression” of Indian forces.

TOPSHOT - An Indian paramilitary trooper looks on in Srinagar on September 29, 2016.
India's military has carried out "surgical strikes" along the de facto border with Pakistan in Kashmir to thwart a series of attacks being planned against major cities, the army said September 29. Pakistan's military however accused India of killing two of its soldiers in "unprovoked firing" along the Line of Control that divides the disputed territory and said its troops had responded.
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He said Pakistan’s forces were capable of defending their territory and would stop any “evil design” against their country. “No external force has the capability or capacity to challenge the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Pakistan,” he said.

Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry said India’s claims to have carried out surgical strikes were “baseless” and accusing India of “deliberately” escalating tensions.

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The incident came less than two weeks after 18 Indian