UCF Global Perspectives


Indian Airstrikes Target Pakistan

Renzo Pierres, Sibille H. Pritchard Global Peace Fellow

February 28, 2019

On Tuesday, Indian fighter jets crossed the border into neighboring Pakistan and dropped bombs outside the town of Balakot, located 40 miles inside Pakistan (WP). Indian officials claim the target was a training camp that Jaish-e-Muhammad utilizes, which claimed responsibility for a suicide attack earlier this month on Indian soil (WP). Pakistan’s government claims to have shot down two Indian fighter aircraft (BBC), and one Indian pilot is currently a prisoner in Pakistan (Reuters 1). India’s foreign ministry’s spokesperson said, “Pakistan would be well advised to ensure that no harm comes to the [pilot]” and called for his immediate return (Reuters 1).

On Tuesday, Pakistan’s military used artillery to strike between 12 and 15 locations inside India’s side of the Kashmir region (Reuters 2). India’s military reciprocated the attacks, civilians in the area fled in a “panic,” India’s government is currently building concrete shelters for civilians in the area (Reuters 2). Workers and tourists are fleeing the Kashmir region, which relies on tourism for much of its economy, as attacks escalate (Reuters 3). There have been numerous casualties in the recent days, and tensions continue to increase between the two nuclear-armed nations (Reuters 2).







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