India, Pakistan Down Each Other’s Jets, Leaders Warn of Nuclear War as Pakistan Capture India's Pilot
Pakistan says it shot down two Indian jets as Kashmir border crisis
2-27-19, New Delhi, India (CNN) -- Pakistan says its air force shot down two Indian fighter jets over the disputed border region of Kashmir, in a significant escalation of hostilities. When a video was published of the abuse of captured India pilot ... India called the move a "vulgar display" and "unprovoked act of aggression" that "violates all norms of international humanitarian law." A Foreign Ministry said Pakistan should return him immediately. "It was made clear that Pakistan would be well advised to ensure that no harm comes to the Indian defense personnel in its custody," India's Foreign Ministry said, after summoning a Pakistani diplomat. "India also expects his immediate and safe return." Four minute CNBC Video here
Harsh V Pant, a professor in international relations at King's College London said that for the past few decades the Indian government had generally not retaliated after terror attacks in Kashmir. However, now India is at a point where it is choosing to escalate the situation.
Looming behind the India-Pakistan tensions:
Two growing nuclear arsenals
Land Disputer of Kashmir
2-27-19, Pakistan captures an Indian pilot; as jets down ... the escalation is over a disputed region on the northern tip of India - Kashmir. Each nation controls half. Low-level skirmishes between soldiers have been a feature of the border area since the 1971. However, this week's escalation has shown conflict that is unprecedented in recent years.
The fighting has spawned fears that the two nations would resort to nucelar weapons. The Washington Post has estimated India has at least 130 nuclear warheads while Pakistan has 140.
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