Pak-India nuclear war threat to stay until Kashmir issue is resolved

US President Donald Trump with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Manila Philippines

A nuclear war between India and Pakistan is "most likely" and the "relative calm" is not a solution as long as the two neighbours refuse to deal with their core dispute of Kashmir, the New York Times has said in an opinion piece.

On February 26, India carried out the "non-military pre-emptive air strike" to avenge the Pulwama terror attack in which 40 CRPF jawans were martyred.

India retaliated by bombing the terror group's biggest training camp in Balakot, Pakistan.

On March 5, Pakistan launched a crackdown against the JeM and other proscribed outfits, taking into "protective custody" Masood Azhar's brother Mufti Abdul Rauf, and son Hammad Azhar. This is better for us, for Pakistan's own future. I urge other state governments to take strict action against those who try to indulge in such acts.

The airstrike reportedly killed over 200-300 terrorists across the Line-of-Control (LOC) in what India calls to be a "non-military pre-preemptive" action to counter multiple potential fidayeen attacks on the country.

Pakistan plans to lodge a complaint of "eco-terrorism" against India after airstrikes by New Delhi in Pakistani territory this damaged dozens of trees, Aslam had told AFP last week. He said foreign ministers of China, Russia, Turkey, UAE and Jordan also played a significant role in reducing tension between the two countries. The next day, Islamabad captured an Indian Air Force pilot after a dogfight between the two air forces.

The talks came after Pakistan handed over captured Indian air force pilot Abhinandan Varthaman to Indian officials at a border crossing last week, a move praised by United Kingdom politicians for reducing tensions.

Senior Congress leader and former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Digvijay Singh stirred a political controversy by terming Pulwama terror attack as an accident.

India has said that Pakistan's use of terrorism as an instrument of state policy is a "central problem" and the worldwide community must unequivocally condemn terrorism and its perpetrators.

An article in the Atlantic magazine suggested that both countries were hiding facts from their people while working quietly to prevent a war. "I have tried to talk to Prime Minister Modi", the PM had said in his parliament speech.

Pakistan has a history of using Islamist groups to pursue foreign policy aims in the region, but it has denied Indian accusations it actively supports militants fighting Indian forces in India's part of Muslim-majority Kashmir.

A strict vigil is being maintained along the LoC and the global border and any further "provocation or misadventure by Pakistan will be responded in a befitting manner with dire consequences", the statement added.

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