BBC: India and Pakistan came close to nuclear war: Pompeo
India and Pakistan came “close” to a “nuclear conflagration” in February 2019, former US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said in his new memoir.
This happened after Delhi launched strikes against militants in Pakistani territory following an attack on Indian troops in Kashmir.
Pakistan had then said it had shot down two Indian military jets and captured a fighter pilot.
India and Pakistan claim all of Kashmir, but control only parts of it.
India has long accused Pakistan of backing separatist militants in the Kashmir valley – a charge Islamabad denies.
The nuclear-armed neighbours have fought three wars since independence from Britain and partition in 1947. All but one were over Kashmir.
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Update #1: Pompeo says US averted nuclear war between India, Pakistan (AFP)
Update #2: India, Pakistan came close to a nuclear war in 2019: Pompeo (Al Jazeera)
WNU Editor: India and Pakistan have been involved in numerous wars and conflicts since independence (link here). It is truly fortunate that nuclear weapons have not been used.