India And Pakistan Edge Closer To Conflict
Following a Feb. 14 suicide attack in Pulwama, Kashmir, that killed 49 Indian Central Reserve Police Force members, Indian Air Force jets flew across the Line of Control dividing Indian and Pakistani-administered Kashmir and bombed Pakistani territory. Reports say they intended to target the militant group responsible for the attacks. Another Indian jet flying past the border was shot down by Pakistan’s Air Force, and ground troops captured the pilot. Since then, tensions have escalated between the two nuclear-armed countries, with India arguing that Pakistan knowingly harbors militant groups that support the Kashmir insurgency. Pakistan claims the insurgency is largely home-grown. Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan offered peace talks and released the captive Indian pilot March 1. Joining us to break down events and talk about how the two countries could navigate this impasse is Vali Nasr, Dean of the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.