World International Affairs India and Pakistan have once again threatened to descend into war after a recent exchange of hostilities across their mutually-disputed border, leading the state of their rival armed forces to capture international attention. Following the suicide bombing two weeks ago that killed more than 40 Indian troops and was claimed by a Pakistan-based Sunni Muslim militant group, the Indian air force on Tuesday conducted strikes on what it said were jihadi camps across the contested Line of Control on the Kashmir border region. The following day, Pakistan reportedly downed two Indian MiG-21 jets, arresting the pilot of one, while India claimed to have destroyed a Pakistani F-16. The actual events of the past couple of days remain hazy as contradictory statements have emerged from both sides, but the heightened risk of a greater conflict was clear. Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan struck a conciliatory tone, promising to release the captured Indian pilot as “a peace gesture.” His Indian counterpart Narendra Modi, however, has been notably silent amid the recent crisis, saying only that “India will fight, live, work and win as one” at a press conference that made no mention of negotiations to cool down the heated feud. Pakistani… Read full this story
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