The World Is Watching: Indian-Pakistani Conflicts Over Kashmir
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World leaders (of U.S., China, and Europe) and local Catholics are calling for restraint and prayers after the Pakistani military shot down two Indian military planes and captured the pilots in Kashmir and Indian military shot down one Pakistani aircraft. The world is praying that these nuclear-armed rivals will not go to war. The correspondent from the State Department, Wyatt Goolsby, fill us in on the situation, in the video “Catholics pray for peace between India and Pakistan, ENN 2019-02-27“, below:
Region of Kashmir has history of religious violence, mostly between Muslim and Hindi. Minority Christians are also victims of extremists from time to time.
Tensions between India and Pakistan have risen quickly to a level not seen since in nearly 50 years. The source of the conflict in this disputed region is Kashmir, which was divided between the countries in the 1947 partition without resolving territorial claims. This round of hostilities began with an attack on an Indian army convoy in Kashmir on February 14 that killed 40 soldiers. India responded this week with airstrikes on what it said were militant training camps in Pakistani Kashmir. Today, there was a downing of India jets. Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan made a personal plea to his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi to avoid escalation. Senior Fellow, Center For American Progress Michael Fuchs analyzes, in the video “How Can the India-Pakistan Flare-Up Be Tamed?“, below:
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has confirmed that the captured IAF pilot will be released tomorrow, in the video “Big Victory For India As Pakistan Forced To Return Captured IAF Pilot“, below
About 8 hours ago, Pakistan’s Prime Minister warns, in the video “Pakistan’s prime minister warns of possible nuclear war with India“, below:
To better understand this conflict, it is necessary to introduce Radcliffe Line, excerpt from Wikipedia, in italics, below:
The Radcliffe Line was the boundary demarcation line between the Indian and Pakistani portions of the Punjab and Bengal provinces of British India. It was named after its architect, Sir Cyril Radcliffe, who, as the joint chairman of the two boundary commissions for the two provinces, received the responsibility to equitably divide 175,000 square miles (450,000 km2) of territory with 88 million people.
The demarcation line was published on 17 August 1947 upon the Partition of India. Today its western side still serves as the Indo-Pakistani border and the eastern side serves as the India-Bangladesh border.
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