IN11057 – India, Pakistan, and the Pulwama Crisis – 2/26/2019

On February 14, 2019, an explosives-laden SUV rammed into a convoy carrying paramilitary police in India’s Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) state. At least 40 personnel were killed in the explosion. The suicide attacker w’s a member of Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM), a Pakistan-based terrorist group that claimed responsibility for the bombing. The attack took place in Pulwama in the heart of the Kashmir Valley, site of a 30-year-old separatist conflict that pi’s the Indian government against Kashmiri militan’s who seek independence for India’s only Muslim-majority state or i’s merger with neighboring Pakistan. Islamabad clai’s the disputed territory and ‘s widely believed to have provided arms, training, and safe haven to militan’s over the decades. On February 26, Indian je’s reportedly bombed a JeM facility inside Pakistan. The cris’s h’s renewed fea’s of war between South Asia’s two nuclear-armed powers.

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India, Pakistan, and the Pulwama Crisis
K. Alan Kronstadt –¬†Specialist in South Asian Affairs