Repeated Border Skirmishes Escalate Tensions in South Asia

Global Security Newswire Staff
Add to Briefcase
See more stories about...
Global Security Newswire Staff
Aug. 12, 2013, 9:02 a.m.

On Monday, both In­dia and Pakistan ac­cused the oth­er side of vi­ol­at­ing a 2003 cease fire at the Line of Con­trol, the bor­der that di­vides Kash­mir in­to In­di­an- and Pakistani-con­trolled halves, Time re­por­ted.

A spokes­per­son for the In­di­an De­fense Min­istry told re­port­ers that In­di­an mil­it­ary posts had been tar­geted in the early morn­ing hours of Monday by Pakistani troops. The In­di­an gov­ern­ment as­serts that this is the fifth in­stance in which Pakistani mil­it­ary per­son­nel have vi­ol­ated the cease fire in the last three days, ac­cord­ing to Time.

Mean­while, Pakistan ac­cused In­dia of fir­ing ar­til­lery shells “un­pro­voked” onto the Pakistani side of the Line of Con­trol and of tar­get­ing two check posts, ac­cord­ing to the news magazine.

While no deaths were re­por­ted in In­dia dur­ing the night, Pakistan claimed the In­di­an shelling killed a ci­vil­ian and in­jured an­oth­er, ac­cord­ing to Time.

A meet­ing between Pakistani Prime Min­is­ter Nawaz Sharif and In­di­an Prime Min­is­ter Man­mo­han Singh was be­ing worked out, but the vi­ol­ence that has stemmed from the ori­gin­al “am­bush” on Aug. 6 has thrown those plans in doubt. The Pi­on­eer re­por­ted that Singh is be­ing called on to boy­cott the pro­posed meet­ing in New York by In­dia’s “stra­tegic com­munity,” part of an over­all ef­fort by con­ser­vat­ive pun­dits to end what they see as ap­pease­ment to­ward Pakistan.

Late last week, In­di­an De­fense Min­is­ter A.K. Ant­ony said that “it is now clear that spe­cial­ist troops of the Pakistani Army were in­volved” in the early-Au­gust am­bush.

Ajit Dov­al, the former dir­ect­or of In­dia’s In­tel­li­gence Bur­eau, told the Pi­on­eer that “the gov­ern­ment should not as­sume that the new Pak PM, Nawaz Sharif, is com­mit­ted to im­prov­ing ties with In­dia. Our con­su­late in Jalalabad has been sub­ject to a ter­ror­ist at­tack for the first time, rais­ing ser­i­ous ques­tions about the tim­ing.” 

The con­su­late was tar­geted by sui­cide bombers early this month, ac­cord­ing to the Hindu. While Afghan se­cur­ity forces pre­ven­ted sui­cide bombers from en­ter­ing the con­su­late, 12 people died out­side when ex­plos­ives were det­on­ated. 

What We're Following See More »
WILL U.S. RESPOND?
Russia Accidentally Bombs U.S.-Backed Syrian Forces
1 hours ago
BREAKING
CARSON UP NEXT
Zinke Confirmed As Interior Secretary
3 hours ago
BREAKING
GOODLATTE SENDING LETTER TO SESSIONS THIS WEEK
House GOP Blocks Dems on Trump Ethics
5 hours ago
THE DETAILS

On a party-line vote, "the House Judiciary Committee defeated a Democratic effort Tuesday to obtain any information the Justice Department has on possible conflicts, ethical violations or improper connections to Russia by President Donald Trump and his associates. The committee’s Republican chairman, Bob Goodlatte, opposed the resolution, even as he acknowledged the Justice Department hasn’t acted on his own request for a briefing on alleged Russian interference with the U.S. election and potential ties to the Trump campaign." He said he'll be sending a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions requesting him to pursue "all legitimate investigative leads" into those matters.

Source:
WAITING FOR NEWS CYCLE TO REFRESH
Trump Holds Off on New Travel Ban
5 hours ago
THE LATEST

"President Donald Trump won’t sign a revised travel ban on Wednesday as had been anticipated, two senior administration officials confirmed. One of the officials indicated that the delay was due to the busy news cycle, and that when Trump does sign the revised order, he wanted it to get plenty of attention."

Source:
BUT THEY MUST PAY
Donald Trump Affirms Support For NATO
16 hours ago
UPDATE

Near the end of his speech Tuesday, Donald Trump made a firm proclamation affirming his support for NATO. "We strongly support NATO, an alliance forged through the bonds of two World Wars that dethroned fascism, and a Cold War that defeated communism," Trump said. However, he continued on, "our partners must meet their financial obligations."

×
×

Welcome to National Journal!

You are currently accessing National Journal from IP access. Please login to access this feature. If you have any questions, please contact your Dedicated Advisor.

Login