India, Pakistan threatened to unleash missiles at each other: Sources
NEW DELHI/ISLAMABAD: The sparring between India and Pakistan last month threatened to spiral out of control and only interventions by US officials, including National Security Advisor John Bolton, headed off a bigger conflict, five sources familiar with the events said.
At one stage, India threatened to fire at least six missiles at Pakistan, and Islamabad said it would respond with its own missile strikes "three times over", according to Western diplomats and go nment sources in New Delhi, Islamabad and Washington.
The way in which tensions suddenly worsened and threatened to trigger a war between the nuclear-armed nations shows how the Kashmir region remains one of the world’s most dangerous flashpoints.
The exchanges did not get beyond threats, and there was no suggestion that the missiles involved were anything more than conventional weapons, but they created consternation in official circles in Washington, Beijing and London.
Reuters has pieced together the events that led to the most serious military crisis in South Asia since 2008, as well as the concerted diplomatic efforts to get both sides to back down.
The simmering dispute erupted into conflict late last month when Indian and Pakistani warplanes engaged in a dogfight over Kashmir on Feb 27, a day after a raid by Indian jet fighters on what it said was a terrorist camp in Pakistan.
In their first such clash since the last war between the two nations in 1971, Pakistan downed an Indian plane and captured its pilot after he ejected in Pakistan-controlled Kashmir.
"NO GOING BACK"
That evening, Indian National Security Adviser Ajit Doval spoke over a secure line to the head of Pakistan’s Inter Services Intelligence (ISI), Asim Munir, to tell him India was not going to back off its new campaign of "counter terrorism" even after the pilot’s capture, an Indian go nment source and a Western diplomat with knowledge of the conversations told Reuters in New Delhi.
Doval told Munir that India's fight was with the terrorist groups that freely operated from Pakistani soil and it was prepared to escalate, said the go nment source.
A Pakistani go nment minister and a Western diplomat in Islamabad separately confirmed a specific Indian threat to use six missiles on targets inside Pakistan. They did not specify who delivered the threat or who received it, but the minister said Indian and Pakistani intelligence agencies "were communicating with each other during the fight, and even now they are communicating with each other".
Pakistan said it would counter any Indian missile attacks with many more launches of its own, the minister told Reuters, speaking on condition of anonymity.
"We said if you will fire one missile, we will fire three. Whatever India will do, we will respond three times to that," the Pakistani minister said.
Doval’s office did not respond to a request for comment. India was not aware of any missile threat issued to Pakistan, a go nment official said in reply to a Reuters request for comment.
Pakistan’s military declined to comment and Munir could not be reached for comment. Pakistan’s foreign ministry did not respond to a Reuters request for comment.
译文来源：三泰虎 http://www.santaihu.com/47209.html 译者：Jessica.Wu
Avik - 2 hours ago -Follow
Surprising in none of articles mentions F 16 of Pakistan was also shot down. Most embarrasingly Pakis beat their own pilot to death inside POK. These habitual liers covered the story so well saying they shot 2 Indian planes.
令人惊讶的是，没有一篇文章提到巴基斯坦的F - 16战机被击落。最令人尴尬的是巴基佬在巴控克什米尔打死了自己的飞行员。这些惯于说谎的人把真相掩盖得很好，说他们击落了两架印度飞机。
Praveen - 2 hours ago -Follow
One missile at Congress...
Charsi Pappu - 2 hours ago -Follow
Pakistan started wetting it''s pants and immediately released Abhinandan. Jai Modi.
Adamroy - 2 hours ago -Follow
Its a fake news .
Deadpool - 2 hours ago -Follow
It would have been Supersonic missile brahmos vs Made in China toy missile.
Vishal - 2 hours ago -Follow
Finish Pakistan in a single strike
John - Pune - 1 hour ago -Follow
This is a different India... This is Modi's India... This India will not allow any bully of nuclear bombs. we know how to finish off entire land in a min.
jayant sood - 2 hours ago -Follow
This reporter reports that Pakistan downed IAF plane and captured it''s Piolet, why is he mum on Pak F16 downed and Pak pilot killed.
Manas Shukla - Delhi - 2 hours ago -Follow
Pakistan downed an Indian plane.. ok.. what about the f16 downing.. no mention of dat.. shares in Lockheed Martin aye.. ?
Virat - 1 hour ago -Follow
Chai Wala can cross any limits to get elected again....
TILWALLET USER - 2 hours ago -Follow
We need to maintain this pressure on Pakistan at all times. Let them always worry about possible retaliation by us.
ps murthy - Ingeku - 1 hour ago -Follow
And that is when paki PM got scared and started suggesting for talks...
Gopal Banerjee - Kolkata - 1 hour ago -Follow
Just to get few extra seats Feku is creating this drama
Rahul Rahul - 1 hour ago -Follow
These all fake news are generating to help cONgress by media and Reuters
Roushan S - 1 hour ago -Follow
Not just Kashmir we want the whole of Pakistan and Bangladesh...
Rahul Rahul - 1 hour ago -Follow
Our PM modiji is not an Islamic stooge like Parivar Nehru child who align with Pakis inside and outside another show off ,modiji will burn Islamabad PAKISTHAN,beware beware beware
Narendra - Location - 2 hours ago -Follow
Issue is not because of kashmir region.
Issue is of state sponsor terrorism by pakistan in India, Afghanistan, Iran and other part of world.
Vivek Karambelkar - 1 hour ago -Follow
Do Pakis even know answer to 6 x 3?