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Pakistan

Post by Isgrimnur » Wed Sep 28, 2016 12:40 pm

India has been ramping up rhetoric against Pakistan lately.

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India began a campaign to isolate Pakistan at the United Nations on Monday, telling the 193-member General Assembly it was time to identify nations who nurture, peddle and export terrorism and isolate them if they don't join the global fight.

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said the arrest of Pakistani Bahadur Ali was "living proof of Pakistan's complicity in crossborder terror." India has said Ali confessed that he was trained by the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) militant group.

"But when confronted with such evidence, Pakistan remains in denial. It persists in the belief that such attacks will enable it to obtain the territory it covets," she said on the final day of the annual gathering of world leaders at the United Nations.

"My firm advice to Pakistan is: abandon this dream. Let me state unequivocally that Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of India and will always remain so," Swaraj said.

India accuses Pakistan of having a role in a September 18 raid on Uri army base in Kashmir, one of the deadliest attacks in the Himalayan region that has been divided since 1947 and lies at the heart of the nuclear-armed neighbors' rivalry. Pakistan denies any role in the attack.
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On Wednesday, India's Foreign Ministry announced that Modi would not participate in the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) summit, to be held in November in Islamabad.

"Increasing cross-border terrorist attacks in the region and growing interference in the internal affairs of member states by one country have created an environment that is not conducive to the successful holding of the 19th SAARC Summit," a ministry statement said.

"In the prevailing circumstances, the Government of India is unable to participate in the proposed summit in Islamabad," it added.

Bangladesh has also boycotted the summit, and there are reports that Afghanistan and Bhutan are unwilling to participate.

"Islamabad is facing a serious foreign policy crisis since the attack on an Indian army base in Uri, Kashmir. With India, Bangladesh and other major countries pulling out of the SAARC summit, it is definitely a major embarrassment for Pakistan," Ali K. Chishti, a Karachi-based security and defense analyst, told DW.
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New Delhi and Islamabad have been engaged in a war of words since the killing of separatist Kashmiri leader Burhan Wani on July 8. Protests against Indian rule in Kashmir and clashes between separatists and soldiers have claimed over 70 lives. Life in the capital, Srinagar, and parts of the valley has been paralyzed by these protests and a curfew imposed by the state government.

On September 18, suspected militants killed at least 17 Indian soldiers and wounded 30 in India-administered Kashmir. Heavily armed militants launched an early morning raid on the Indian army's 12th brigade infantry base housing hundreds of soldiers in Uri, west of Srinagar, the Indian military said. All four gunmen were killed by Indian troops.

The Indian army said the rebels had infiltrated the Indian part of Kashmir from Pakistan. Lt. Gen. Ranbir Singh, the army's director general of military operations, said the initial investigations suggested that the militants belonged to the Pakistan-based group Jaish-e-Mohammad, which has been active in Kashmir for over a decade.
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Post by Smutly » Wed Sep 28, 2016 6:39 pm

Vice did a segment on the most dangerous border between India and Pakistan. It's a little dated, but very interesting stuff.

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Post by Isgrimnur » Thu Sep 29, 2016 11:36 am

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India's announcement of "surgical strikes" in Pakistan on Thursday marked a sharp worsening of tensions between the nuclear-armed nations, signalling Delhi has lost patience with its neighbor for allegedly sheltering militants.

The Indian army said it was trying to take out terrorists who'd "positioned themselves ... with an aim to carry out infiltration and terrorist strikes.

The military moves — that Pakistan denied took place — were a serious departure from India's previous policies of "strategic restraint," according to Charu Lata Hogg, a regional expert and associate fellow with the Chatham House think tank.
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India has retaliated with similar strikes in the past but never admitted it openly, said Shanshank Joshi, a senior research fellow at the Royal United Services Institute think tank.

That it came out so publicly with Wednesday's action was "very very significant," he said, adding that India under Prime Minister Narendra Modi was "trying to show the rules of the game are changing."
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India and Pakistan have fought three wars since independence from Britain in 1947 — two over Kashmir. The two countries often exchange small arms fire across the so-called Line of Control that separates the two.

India has the world's second-largest army and Pakistan, the world's sixth largest.

The more than 700,000 Indian troops stationed in the disputed Kashmir Valley are grappling with a separatist movement in the Muslim-majority area. They are staring down almost 200,000 Pakistani troops on the other side of the border.
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Adding a dangerous element to the mix is Pakistan's consistent assertion that it reserves the right to use nuclear weapons preemptively. India has a no-strike-first policy. Pakistan's defense minister repeated that claim last week after the attack on Indian soldiers in Uri.
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Post by Isgrimnur » Fri Mar 01, 2019 4:44 pm

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On Friday, Pakistan released an Indian pilot shot down in Pakistani-controlled territory amidst rising hostilities. But the peace gesture, as Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan called it, is unlikely to end the conflict between the two nuclear-armed neighbors. There appears to be international consensus that, to truly end hostilities, Pakistan must shut down support for terrorist groups whose actions have brought India and Pakistan to the brink of war several times over the past two decades.

Since 1999, crises between India and Pakistan have tended to evolve in four stages. First, eager to get international attention for the dispute over Kashmir, a Pakistan-based militant group launches an attack in India or Indian-controlled Kashmir. Then India threatens retaliation, which in the past involved mobilization of troops along the Pakistan border but this time comprised an air strike on a terrorist training camp inside Pakistan. Faced with Indian threats, Pakistan raises the specter of nuclear confrontation and asks the United States and other major powers to help defuse the situation. Finally, American diplomacy provides Pakistan a face-saver, and the threat of war subsides.

This scenario played out in 1999, during the Kargil crisis. It was repeated after the attack on India’s Parliament in December 2001 and again following the carnage at several Mumbai hotels in November 2008.

As Pakistan’s ambassador to the United States during the Mumbai attacks, I witnessed firsthand the American efforts to smooth out India-Pakistan tensions. President George W. Bush, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and national security adviser Stephen Hadley spoke on the phone with prime ministers of both countries multiple times. The CIA shared intelligence that enabled Pakistan to arrest several individuals connected with the attacks. But after the immediate threat of Indian retaliation had passed, Pakistan backed away from punishing the attack’s masterminds and perpetrators.
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Post by hepcat » Fri Mar 01, 2019 4:46 pm

Whichever side kills the most innocent people will get Trump's friendship.
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Post by LawBeefaroni » Fri Mar 01, 2019 5:36 pm

hepcat wrote:
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Whichever side kills the most innocent people will get Trump's friendship.
He'll run into problems trying to endear himself to India with 1,000 fast food hamburgers. It'll be Pakistan. Unless KFC is a possibility.
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