India-Pakistan: India and Pakistan on the “warpath’
India-Pakistan: Imran Khan warned of an impending disaster
Last week, Pakistan’s Prime Minister, Imran Khan warned of an impending nuclear war between the two countries at the United Nations General Assembly. Mr Khan’s warning was in light of the current crisis that has gripped the Kashmir region and has seen both sides launch separate skirmishes.
In his speech, Mr Khan insisted that the two states are heading for “a potential disaster of proportions that no one here realises” as he implored other countries to step in to help remedy the potential conflict.
In support of the current tense relations between the two states, a journalist based in Kashmir told The i newspaper of how the current situation is very “sensitive”.
The journalist said: “It is clear here at least that they are on a warpath.
“Tensions have never been so high on the ground.
“There is a threat of nuclear war if conventional warfare prolongs.”
Tensions erupted between the two states when, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi revoked Article 370, the section of the Indian constitution which guarantees special status to Kashmir and neighbouring Jammu regions.
The revocation of the special status was based on the rounds to prevent possible acts of terrorism from occurring in the region.
Modi’s comments were in reference to a specific attack, in the Kashmir region which killed 44 India paramilitary.
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In response, the Indian Prime Minister called an airstrike on a camp run by the militant organisation, Jaish-e-Mohammed.
Following the infringement on Pakistani territory, two Indian jets were shot down, thrusting the two countries close to an all-out war.
The pilot of one of the downed planes, Abhinandan Varthaman, was then paraded on television before being returned to India as a “goodwill gesture”.
In his recent speech to the UN Assembly, Mr Khan indicated that the clash between the two states was the closest moment the world has come to a nuclear war.
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He said: “It is the only time since the Cuban crisis that two nuclear-armed countries are coming face to face.
“We did come to face to face in February.”
In support of the Pakistanis Prime Minister, President of Azad Kashmir – the Pakistan administered region – Masood Khan, warned of the potentially catastrophic situation in the region.
Speaking to US publication, Newsweek, Masood Khan said: “We have beefed up security, we remain vigilant.
“India with its aggressive and aggravating steps has pushed the region to the brink of war.
“We are in a state of war right now, but the situation could escalate even further.
“Any military exchange will not remain limited, it can and we fear it would escalate to the nuclear level, that is tantamount to nuclear armageddon.”
Such has been the severe ramifications of the potential conflict, that US President, Donald Trump has offered to intervene as a mediator between the two countries.
India-Pakistan: Trump has offered to be a mediator
Trump recently remarked that he had hoped that the two countries could “come together” to try and solve the current crisis.
Trump met the Pakistani Prime Minister last week at the UN General Assembly where he once again issued his desire to help cool relations between the two.
The US President said: “If I can help, I’d like to help. I want everyone to be treated well.”