According to Indian journalist, Aditya Raj Kaul, a big safety operation has been launched to track down the perpetrators following the attack in Kulgam, in south Kashmir. The attack comes as members of the European Parliament visited the Kashmir valley amid escalating tensions among the two states. It has been reported that all 5 of the labourers have been from the West Bengal area of India.

The tragic news comes as a Pakistani minister warned of the significant repercussions against any state that sided with India.

At the heart of the conflict has been the contested area of Jammu and Kashmir, a territory which India has accused of harbouring terrorists.

In a additional move to antagonise relations among the two states, Pakistan’s federal minister for Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit Baltistan, Ali Amin Gandapur has issued a threat to any nation contemplating siding with India.

Speaking not too long ago, Mr Gandapur stated that “any nation which will not stand with Pakistan more than Kashmir will be taken as our enemy and our missiles will hit them also, if in a state of war”.

India-Pakistan: Five gunned down

India-Pakistan: 5 gunned down (Image: GETTY)

Ali Amin Gandapur

Ali Amin Gandapur (Image: SAMAA Television)

Final week, India launched a series of strikes on alleged terrorist launchpads in Pakistan.

Following these bold strikes, the governor of Jammu and Kashmir, Satya Pal Malik stated that if the terrorist strikes did not quit, India would retaliate in extra heavily.  

Mr Malik stated that India would go “inside and destroy” the camp if they have been not dealt with.

Speaking to reporters, Mr Malik added: “Pakistan will have to behave and quit these terror camps.

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“If it does not behave, we will go deep inside and destroy these camps.”

Additionally, in the wake of the attack, the Indian army confirmed that though they had effectively targeted “several terrorists”, there had been some casualties from the Pakistani army.

India’s, army chief, Common Bipin Rawat told The Instances of India: “Six to 10 Pakistani soldiers have been killed in our firing.

“A comparable quantity of terrorists have been killed and 3 out of the 4 launch pads have been destroyed.

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Imran Khan (Image: GETTY)

Imran Khan

Imran Khan (Image: GETTY)

“The casualty quantity could be significantly larger.

“Instead of waiting for the terrorists to infiltrate, we decided to target the launch pads considering the fact that we had the coordinates for them.”

In response, Raja Farooq Haider Khan, Prime Minister for Pakistan’s Azad Kashmir territory, insisted that the Indian forces had gone “berserk”.

Confirming that there had been six casualties, Mr Khan hit out at India for the attack.

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Nuclear map (Image: Express)

He added: “This is the height of savagery.

The globe ought to not remain silent more than it. #KashmirNeedsAttention.”

In August, India’s Prime Minister, Modi, revoked Short article 370. 

India's Prime Minister Modi

India’s Prime Minister Modi (Image: GETTY)

Below Short article 370, the Kashmir and Jammu area is offered a specific status inside India’s constitution.

Modi produced the selection in the wake of a devastating terrorist attack which killed 44 Indian Paramilitaries.

Following that attack, a series of retaliatory strikes have been exchanged among the two rival states, like the downing of two Indian jets.

Such was the serious state of relations among the two neighbouring nations, that Pakistan’s Prime Minister, Imran Khan, stated in a speech to the United Nations Common Assembly that the two had come extremely close to nuclear war.