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India, Pakistan headed to war? Situation is fluid, say analysts

Tensions at highest since 2001, but conflict would hurt both sides

Pakistani soldiers standing next to what Pakistan says is the wreckage of an Indian fighter jet shot down in Pakistan-controlled Kashmir yesterday. Tensions between Pakistan and India are at an all-time high since 2001, resulting in tit-for-tat air s
Pakistani soldiers standing next to what Pakistan says is the wreckage of an Indian fighter jet shot down in Pakistan-controlled Kashmir yesterday. Tensions between Pakistan and India are at an all-time high since 2001, resulting in tit-for-tat air strikes.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

The last time tensions between India and Pakistan peaked in 2001 , the two countries managed to step back from war. And while analysts say that could happen again this time, the situation could just as easily spiral out of control.

Former Indian foreign secretary Lalit Mansingh said this was the biggest outbreak of hostilities between India and Pakistan after the Parliament attack 18 years ago, in which 14 people, including five terrorists, were killed in an attack on the Parliament of India.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 28, 2019, with the headline 'India, Pakistan headed to war? Situation is fluid, say analysts'. Print Edition | Subscribe