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India accused its fellow nuclear power Pakistan of being behind a terrorist suicide bomb attack in Kashmir that killed at least 44 Indian security officers on Thursday, reportedly marking the deadliest attack in the disputed region in decades.
Thursday’s incident intensified the hostility between nuclear-armed Pakistan and India. In a speech in the wake of the attack, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi declared, “We will give a fitting, jaw-breaking reply, our neighbor will not be allowed to destabilize us,” the Independent reveals.
Modi - Government - Security - Forces - Freedom
Modi said the Indian government security forces have “total freedom” to deal with the militants, the Associated Press (AP) notes.
“Security forces have been given permission to take decisions about the timing, place, and nature of their response,” he also said.
Secretary - Vijay - Gokhale - Pakistan - Ambassador
Indian foreign secretary Vijay Gokhale summoned Pakistan’s ambassador in New Delhi and “issued a strong demarche” over the attack, the Independent reported, citing an unnamed Indian government source.
India and its rivals Pakistan and China all claim ownership of the Muslim-majority Kashmir region in the Himalayas.
China - Shadows - Dispute - Position - Ally
China largely stays in the shadows of the dispute, mainly backing the position of its ally Pakistan. A border known as the Line of Control (LOC) divides the regions controlled by Pakistan and India.
Despite a 2003 ceasefire, tensions between the two regional rivals have escalated in recent years with repeated clashes between them along the LOC. Over 500 casualties last year in just the India-administered portion of Kashmir in the Himalayas reportedly made 2018 the deadliest year in the area in almost a decade.
Group - Jaish-e-Mohammad - JeM
The U.S.-designated terrorist group Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM), based...
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