Pakistan and India clash

Mai Chiamthamachinda, Backpage Editor

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Last month, Pakistan and India launched airstrikes over the Line of Control, a border that separated the two countries as well as Kashmir, an undisputed state in northern India. This aerial attack as well as the misuse of the F-16, an American jet, resulted in a major resentment between the two countries. As a result of the attack, an Indian jet was shot down and a pilot was taken captive but soon released in New Delhi later that week. Four Pakistani civilians were killed and at least eight were severely injured. Many houses were also destroyed and damaged which forced many civilians to leave their homes and take shelter in state-run camps. Despite the damage done, Pakistan denied their incentives for attacking the Indian military posts and stated that they were forced to retaliate since India had previously launched airstrikes in Pakistan earlier this year. India however, claimed that the airstrikes were launched by a terrorist training camp in Balakot, a region in Pakistan.

Since 2001, Pakistan became a major US arsenal purchaser as well as an ally. In 2006, Pakistan spent at least $3.5 billion dollars on American weapons and also the F-16, an american jet equipped with a bombs and anti-ship missiles. After the purchase, there were a few restrictions placed on how these jets were to be used, but were never revealed to the public. But as of this year, Pakistan has violated the American contract. As a result, tensions between the two countries continue to rise.