A massive terrorist attack in disputed Kashmir left 46 Indian paramilitary police officers dead and widens the rift between India and Pakistan. The attack, for which the Pakistani-based terrorist group Jaish-e-Mohammad has claimed responsibility, happened on the Srinagar-Jammu highway about 12 miles from the capital, Srinagar.
Alleged suicide bomber Adil Dar can be seen in a video released by Jaish-e-Mohammad claiming his assignment was to kill occupiers of the Muslim-majority region for atrocities committed against them by the Indian government.
Indian authorities claim they have “incontrovertible evidence” that Pakistan was aware of the terrorists’ plan well ahead of time and did nothing to stop it or inform Indian authorities. Pakistan claims to have had no knowledge of the attack. The dispute has prompted India to make diplomatic moves in an attempt to isolate Pakistan, including rescinding “Most Favoured Nation” status which helps with trade between the nations.
The division between Pakistan and India has been wide for some time, but in recent years it has seemed the conflict has been cooling slowly. This attack will make relations much worse between the nations as India believes Pakistan was involved in the attacks while Pakistan feels indignant about the accusations.
As hot spots go, India-Pakistan is one of the hottest, yet the conflict gets very little coverage in the United States. We need to pay attention as any armed conflict will certainly spill over to affect our allies and enemies in the region. They are nuclear powers. This cannot be ignored.