Attack in Kashmir Triggers Indian-Pakistani Confrontation

Washington Free Beacon | 2/15/2019 | Aaron Kliegman
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One of the world's most dangerous conflicts is also one of the least discussed in Western media. However, the rivalry between India and Pakistan returned to the headlines on Thursday—as usual, for tragic reasons. In the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir, specifically the Pulwama district, a suicide bomber rammed a vehicle with explosives into a convoy carrying Indian paramilitary forces. The terrorist attack, the deadliest in the disputed region for decades, killed more than 40 Indian Central Reserve Police Force personnel. Jaish-e-Mohammed, or JeM, a U.S.-designated terrorist organization based in Pakistan, claimed responsibility for the car bombing.

Indian authorities immediately blamed Pakistan for the attack, promising to retaliate in a forceful way. "Those who did the heinous act will have to pay a heavy price. Those who supported it will definitely be punished," Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Friday. "If our neighbor [Pakistan] thinks it can destabilize India, then it is making a big mistake."

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India's Ministry of External Affairs also commented on the attack, saying in a statement that JeM is "led by the international terrorist Masood Azhar, who has been given full freedom by the government of Pakistan to operate and expand his terror infrastructure in territories under the control of Pakistan and to carry out attacks in India and elsewhere with impunity. … We demand that Pakistan stop supporting terrorists and terror groups operating from their territory."

Islamabad denied any role in the bombing. "We strongly reject any insinuation by elements in the Indian government and media circles that seek to link the attack to the state of Pakistan without investigations," the Pakistani Foreign Ministry said in a press release.

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The White House also released a statement on the attack, echoing India's position. "The United States calls on Pakistan to end immediately the support and safe haven provided to...
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