ENRAGED Indian officials are set to demand an explanation from the Trump administration as to why the Pakistan army was in possession of US-made anti-tank guided missiles (ATGMs) when it targeted Indian troops, according to local media
Tensions between the two Asian nations have raged over the last few months with India being forced to evacuate “over 36,000” people from areas along its border to escape heavy shelling.
It is alleged that the Pakistan army has used US-made ATMGs while exchanging shelling with the Indian army in Rajouri.
Four men, including a captain were killed in the attack.
Angry at the use of US-made equipment to carry out the military offensive, India is now said to be planning to contact Washington to demand an explanation.
A Government source quoted by local media said: “We are going to raise the issue with them.”
In June 2016, the US announced that it considered India a “Major Defence Partner”.
It said it would be looking to increase defence trade and technology sharing with the Asian country.
The alleged use of American technology by Pakistan has raised alarm bells in New Delhi.
Military skirmishes between the two neighbouring countries have broken out in recent months after attempts to improve diplomatic relations broke down.
The region of Kashmir has been contested by both countries for decades causing high levels of tensions between the India and Pakistan.
The Indo-Pakistani Wars of 1947 and 1965 both revolved around competing claims for the area.
The United Nations have encouraged the pair to take part in talks in a plea for the violence on the border to be de-escalated.
There are concerns that the daily skirmishes could turn into a conflict.
While India has blamed Pakistan for the outbreak of violence, their close rival has accused the New Delhi of being unwilling to take part on peace talks.
Last month the Pakistan Foreign Minister, Khawaja Asif, told parliament: “In a 2015 accord between Pakistan and India, it was decided that the countries would find a long-lasting solution to their differences through dialogue.
“Unfortunately, India never responded well to our will of establishing a cordial relationship between the two neighbouring nations.”
However, sources from the Indian Government are reported to have dismissed Mr Asif’s speech as rhetoric aimed at improving his political party’s standing in recent local elections.