Kashmir is a disputed territory located between India and Pakistan.
The mountainous region has long been a source of conflict between the two countries, even before they won independence from British rule in 1947. Kashmir has an estimated 16 million inhabitants. Recent DW content with "Kashmir" as a keyword will appear on this page.
The UN has designated Pakistan-based militant Masood Azhar as a global terrorist, after China lifted its objection to the move. India applauded the decision, which could boost Prime Minister Modi in the ongoing polls.
After visiting troops in Afghanistan, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas has arrived in the Pakistan capital for talks. Violence in Kashmir and a tense security situation in neighboring Afghanistan are on the agenda.
At least seven people, including two soldiers, have died during heavy gunfire in the disputed Kashmir region. Both countries have vowed to step back from the brink but multiple ceasefire violations have been reported.
India and Pakistan are currently embroiled in their most serious crisis in several decades. While a nuclear exchange between the two sides is highly unlikely, the possibility nevertheless remains, says Michael Kugelman.