On October 9, Pakistan reminded India it is capable of nuking them if necessary. This reminder came in response to Indian Defense Minister Arun Jaitley’s warning that border “adventurism” near Jammu and Kashmir would prove “unaffordable” for Pakistan.
India Today reports that Pakistani Defense Minister Khawaja Asif responded to Jaitley by saying, “India must demonstrate caution and behave with responsibility.” He stressed that “Pakistan has the ability to reply to Indian aggression. We do not want the situation on the borders of two nuclear nations to escalate into confrontation.”
Lt. General Abdul Qadir Baloch (Ret.), the federal minister for States and Frontier Regions, weighed in from Islamabad, saying, “India should the face that Pakistan is a nuclear power.”
RIA Novosti reports that on October 8, “Pakistani frontier guards opened fire along the whole border line under their control, shelling 60 Indian border troop posts and 90 neighboring villages.” It was this event that prompted Jaitley’s warning against “adventurism,” which, in turn, drew the reminder of the possibility of a nuclear response.
NDTV reports that in India, eight civilians have been killed, and nine have been killed in Pakistan as a result of the border violence. Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is meeting with the National Security Committee (NSC) to discuss the violence.
The NSC is made up of the armed forces chiefs and the Foreign, Defense, and Home ministers.
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