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India and Pakistan Exchange Fire

April 16, 2020

Episode Notes:

On April 12, Indian and Pakistani troops exchanged mortar and artillery fire across their disputed border in Kashmir. Three Indian civilians were killed, and two Pakistani civilians were injured. While the nuclear-armed neighbors regularly exchange fire, that this has continued during the COVID-19 pandemic stands out, and demonstrates that the military dynamics between India and Pakistan have a life of their own.

Sameer Lalwani — a Senior Fellow and Director of the South Asia Program at the Stimson Center — joins the Warcast to discuss the cross-border firing between India and Pakistan.

[ 00:55 ] What do we know about the latest cross-border firing between India and Pakistan?

[ 03:46 ] How has India's security posture in Kashmir evolved since August, when New Delhi changed Kashmir's special constitutional status and deployed extra security forces to the region?

[ 09:32 ] Do you expect either country to try to take advantage of the COVID-19 pandemic to advance its territorial interests in Kashmir?

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