Pakistan and India stand on the brink of war after India conducted a “surgical air strike” to eradicate a training camp for Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorists at the Balakot camp in Pakistan on Tuesday. The pre-dawn Balakot strike reportedly killed 325 terrorists and 25 trainers. The problem? Both countries are nuclear powers. A war between the two could result in total disaster.
Jaish-e-Mohammed claimed responsibility for the February 14 suicide bombing that killed 40 Indian troops. Pakistan has been accused of harboring terrorists. India took matters into their own hands.
Over the last 24 hours, Pakistan has hit back at Indian bases with air strikes. When India struck back, one of the wing commanders was captured
(IAF Wing Cmdr Abhi Varthaman). Both sides have downed each other’s jets, and Pakistan “closed its air space to commercial aircraft.”
Kashmir is a disputed territory that is split into three zones: India control, Pakistan control, and China control.
The CBC reported,
Pakistan’s military said Wednesday it shot down two Indian warplanes in the disputed region of Kashmir and captured a pilot, raising tensions between the nuclear-armed rivals to a level unseen in the last two decades.
India acknowledged one of its air force planes was “lost” in skirmishes with Pakistan and that its pilot was “missing in action” on a chaotic day, which also saw mortar shells fired by Indian troops from across the frontier dividing the two sectors of Kashmir kill six civilians and wound several others.
A helicopter crash in the region also killed six Indian air force officials and a civilian on the ground.
The aircraft went down Wednesday morning in Kashmir, a mountainous region claimed by both India and Pakistan since almost immediately after their creation in 1947. One of the downed planes crashed in Pakistan’s part of Kashmir while the other went down in an Indian-controlled section of the Himalayan region, Pakistan’s army spokesperson Maj. Gen. Asif Ghafoor said.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo urged both sides to stop further military action, sit down and talk. The Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan suggested the same, but according to media, has received no response from India’s PM Modi.
Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan issued a statement warning of the dangers of an escalating war between India and Pakistan. pic.twitter.com/m79QqMsrHc— Brut India (@BrutIndia) February 27, 2019
The bottom line is that our President is in Vietnam trying to get a denuclearization deal out of Kim Jong-Un. While he’s been there, Americans have been distracted by listening to the damning testimony of a former Trump attorney who has an axe to grind…along with all Democrats. Meanwhile, the world inches toward nuclear war, according to Bloomberg.
Featured photo: Indian aircraft crash in disputed area, screenshot.