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India and Pakistan - Actors in an Inevitable Defining Fight

Recently, a deadly attack was carried out upon Indian soldiers in the disputed northern region of Kashmir - a volatile area in the north of both India and Pakistan, which is mostly Muslim populated, but administered by both Hindu India and Muslim Pakistan.

While, an obscure group known to frequent a remote section of Pakistan reportedly admitted blame for the deadly event, India blamed Pakistani complacency for allowing the attack. Pakistan denied any guilt.

Then, earlier today, in retaliation for that event, Indian aircraft bombed places within Pakistan-administered Kashmir, bringing condemnation from Pakistan and a vow to respond in its own time and manner to the cross border assault.

Conflict between the two cousins India and Pakistan has been fairly common since their were split into two nations by the British in 1947. Just two months into their independence, the two nations fought the first war over Kashmir. They did again in 1965. Then in December 1971, India supported East Pakistan's independence aspiration and bombed Pakistan giving rise to the creation of Bangladesh. Indian and Pakistani skirmishes have been recorded in 1999, 2001, 2008 and three times in 2016 leading up to this recent period of high tension.

Ultimately, India and Pakistan, both nuclear-armed nations, could reach a peaceful solution to their coexistence within Kashmir or face an inevitable fight that would alter the course of geopolitics in Asia.

[This is a repost of an article I published on LinkedIn yesterday because I continue to experience grave technical difficulties with my normal Internet publisher. I'll see how long I can now publish without any interruptions.]