Tensions soar between nuclear-armed rivals Pakistan and India

Elias Hubbard
February 23, 2019

Pakistan's prime minister on Thursday authorized the armed forces to "respond decisively and comprehensively to any aggression or misadventure" by neighboring India, as tensions soared between the nuclear-armed rivals.

"The members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest terms the heinous and cowardly suicide bombing in occupied Kashmir, which resulted in over 40 Indian paramilitary forces dead and dozens wounded on February 14, 2019.", a press statement issued by the United Nations body said on Thursday.

The banned group Jaish-e-Muhammad group had reportedly claimed responsibility for the attack but New Delhi blamed Islamabad and threatened a retaliatory attack. It was the worst attack on Indian forces since the start of the Kashmir insurgency in 1989. You need not exhaust all options on day one.

The foreign minister appreciated Turkey's understanding of Pakistan's position on different issues and its continued support.

The Pakistan Cricket Board and Pakistan government were not immediately reachable for comment.

Jaish, an Islamist jihadi group that fights for the independence of the disputed Kashmir region from India, has offices and infrastructure in Pakistan where its chief Maulana Masood Azhar is based. It said the headquarters and an attached seminary has 600 students and 70 teachers. Talking of holding up waters from rivers coming to Pakistan, Qureshi said, "This is an act of war and after seeing all these irresponsible statements of Indian leaders, I have written a letter to the secretary-general of the United Nations apprising him of Indian threats". The partition happened in 1947 and Pakistan was liberated.

Mevlüt Çavusoglu said the issue of Kashmir needs to be resolved through dialogue and in accordance with the relevant UN Security Council resolutions. "Let us talk about it. Let us resolve it".

An official letter was sent to the ICC wherein concerns have been placed on record over the security of players at the World Cup and a call has been made to sever ties with countries from where terrorism emanates. "The BCCI trusts that the ICC and European Central Bank will ensure that the most robust security is provided to players, match officials and fans of Indian cricket for the upcoming World Cup", it said.

India has been demanding action against militants from Pakistan. The army denies this. India just lost nearly 50 people with an attack.

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