Calming India and Pakistan’s Tit-for-Tat Escalation

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Reciprocal airstrikes by India and Pakistan have been accompanied by shelling, troop reinforcements and small arms fire.

  • Laurel Miller
  • ICG

In this Q&A calling for restraint between the nuclear-armed neighbours, Crisis Group’s Asia Program Director Laurel Miller notes that the airspace violations alone were the worst for 50 years.

  • What happened exactly?

On Tuesday, 26 February, India claimed that its air force had targeted “the biggest training camp of the Jaish-e-Mohammed … in Balakot”.

The strikes – the most significant airspace violations in nearly 50 years – followed a deadly 14 February suicide car bombing in…

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