India-Pakistan Flaring Up Again
December 26, 2017
Two nuclear-armed nations in Asia are threatening to drag the world into World War III following a new border incident in which lives were lost.
Pakistan and India, long bitter enemies, are pointing the finger of blame at each other over a border incursion that resulted in shots fired by both sides, three dead Indian soldiers, and a fragile peace between the countries shattered. Heavy fire and shelling between the two sides soon erupted.
Both India and Pakistan are nuclear armed, and have threatened to use the weapons against each other in the past. Pakistani National Security Advisor Nasser Khan Janjua said:
“The stability of the South Asian region hangs in a delicate balance, and the possibility of nuclear war cannot be ruled out. India has been stockpiling a range of dangerous weapons as it threatens Pakistan continuously of conventional warfare.”
The retired army general also accused the U.S. of conspiring with India against the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, part of China’s “One Belt One Road” initiative, which goes through disputed Kashmir territory. He also reasserted the new Islamist government’s position that aiding the fight against the Taliban in Afghanistan had only led to increasing terrorism in its own borders, and that the U.S. now blames his country for its own failures.
President Donald Trump had recently touted his administration’s success in repairing relations with Pakistan, but it appears the relationship is in much worse condition now.