In­dia weighs re­sponse to deadly raid on Kash­mir base

The Myanmar Times - - World -

IN­DIA weighed yes­ter­day its re­sponse to a bloody raid on an army base in Kash­mir which fu­elled ten­sions with nu­clear-armed Pak­istan, as some politi­cians called for mil­i­tary ac­tion af­ter the worst at­tack of its kind in over a decade.

New Delhi has said Pak­istan-based mil­i­tants were be­hind the Septem­ber 18 at­tack in which 17 sol­diers were killed, rais­ing the prospect of a mil­i­tary es­ca­la­tion in the al­ready tense dis­puted Hi­malayan re­gion.

Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi has promised those re­spon­si­ble would not go un­pun­ished as his home min­is­ter ac­cused Pak­istan of “con­tin­ued and di­rect sup­port to ter­ror­ism and ter­ror­ist groups”.

In­dia reg­u­larly ac­cuses its archri­val Pak­istan of arm­ing and send­ing rebels across the heav­ily mil­i­tarised bor­der that di­vides Kash­mir be­tween the two coun­tries to launch at­tacks on its forces.

Some In­dian politi­cians and army vet­er­ans have called for a mus­cu­lar re­sponse to the as­sault, in­clud­ing air strikes on train­ing camps on the Pak­istan side of the Line of Con­trol that di­vides Kash­mir.

The neigh­bours have fought three wars since gain­ing in­de­pen­dence from Bri­tish rule in 1947, two of them over Kash­mir.

But In­dian me­dia urged cau­tion, with the In­dian Ex­press say­ing such calls were “eas­ier made than acted upon” and warn­ing that tar­get­ing mil­i­tants in­side Pak­istan would in­vite reprisals.

The United Nations also called for re­straint as In­dian min­is­ters met yes­ter­day for ur­gent talks. –

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