Crisis may be easing, but nuclear threat still hangs over India and Pakistan
While tensions between Indian and Pakistan have somewhat decreased since last week, this does not mean the Kashmir crisis is over. In fact, the threat of war between the two nuclear powers remains very real.
On Friday, Pakistan released an Indian pilot it captured earlier last week, after the pilot carried out airstrikes on Pakistan’s territory in Kashmir, a region divided between the countries, but fully claimed by both. However, Indian and Pakistani soldiers exchanged fire on Friday and Saturday, resulting in the deaths of six civilians and two Pakistani soldiers. Tensions have eased since then and on Monday a train service between Pakistan and India is set to be resumed.
The crisis in Kashmir began last month with a suicide attack by Pakistan-based terrorist group Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) that killed 42 members of India’s Central Reserve Police Force. India has blamed Pakistan for the attack and both countries have carried out airstrikes on each other’s territory.