Tension Mounts between India and Pakistan


Prakash Singh, AFP

Indian Air Force fighter aircraft during the Vayu Shakti fire power earlier this month.

Brendan Guillen, Reporter

On February 14, a Pakistan-based militant group conducted a suicide car bomb attack in Pulwanna, India, killing approximately 37 paramilitary soldiers. India may boycott their Cricket World Cup tournament with Pakistan in response.

According to India Cricket team captain, Virat Kohli, the team “…was shocked and [they] are really sad with what happened.” He has also stated that the team will “stick by” what the nation and Board of Control For Cricket in India (BCCI) decide.

The two countries have not participated in a bilateral test match since the Mumbai terror attacks of 2008, during which a total of 142 people were killed over the four day period. However, they have faced off in international tournaments and one-day series.

The Indian government has conducted air strikes along the Line of Control (LoC) that divides India and Pakistan, in the hopes of destroying an alleged terrorist camp.

The Pakistan government stated that Indian planes conducted the strikes while escaping jets scrambled by the Pakistani Air Force. The missiles struck near the town of Balakot, which is 25 miles within the Pakistan boarder rather than Kashmir, the disputed region between the two countries. The incident left one person injured, but no casualties have been reported. This is the second act of retaliation from India to Pakistan in the past two years.

The Kashmir region has been contested since 1947, when the countries were officially divided. The region has been the cause of three wars and numerous incidents.