What happens if there is a nuclear war between Pakistan and India?

In a tweet moments earlier, the Pakistan military spokesperson said Indian Air Force (IAF) crossed the Line of Control (LoC) and two of their aircraft were shot down by PAF inside Pakistani airspace. "Let's sit together to talk to find a solution", Khan said.

With a general election due in India by May, a surge in nationalism from any conflict with Pakistan could become a key factor, potentially favoring Modi's Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

"How much political leverage India gets out of this comes from Pakistan's response, and what comes out of that response", said Sandeep Shastri, a political science professor and Pro Vice Chancellor at Jain University in Bangalore.

Meanwhile, the Foreign Ministry in Islamabad said the country's air force was carrying out airstrikes Wednesday from within Pakistani airspace across the disputed Kashmir boundary but that this was not in "retaliation to continued Indian belligerence".

Major General Asif Ghafoor said the intentions behind the attacks carried out by the Pakistan Air Force was "not to escalate tensions" but to tell "India that we have the capability" to retaliate. My service number is 27981. One is injured and is being provided proper medical care. "In this engagement, we have unfortunately lost one MiG 21", Kumar said.

"The Pakistani aircraft was seen by ground forces falling from the sky on the Pakistan side", he told a briefing.

The JeM purportedly claimed credit for the deadly attack, but India was quick to blame the state of Pakistan where, according to Delhi, the militant group is headquartered.

Pakistan has denied involvement in the Kashmir bombing on February 14.

"Can we afford any miscalculation with the kind of weapons that we have and you have?" the prime minister said, alluding to the nuclear arsenal of both the countries and asking: "If escalation begins from here, where will it go?" "We don't know what will come from this".

Pakistan's CAA said that all worldwide and domestic flights from the country's major airports - including Karachi, Peshawar, Lahore, Faisalabad, Multan and Sialkot airports - had been suspended for an indefinite period.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo spoke separately with the foreign ministers of India and Pakistan and urged them to avoid "further military activity" following Tuesday's airstrike.

Earlier Wednesday it appeared the bitter rivals were looking to lower the temperature with renewed diplomatic outreach.

"As a mutual friend to both India and Pakistan, we hope that they can conduct dialogue to establish facts through investigation to keep things under control and maintain peace and stability in the region". "China is willing to play a constructive role".

Kashmiri villagers gather near the wreckage of an Indian aircraft after it crashed in Budgam area, outskirts of Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Wednesday, Feb.27, 2019.

The incidents are the latest in a risky sequence of events between the two countries, whose ties have been under intense strain since the February 14 suicide bombing in Indian Kashmir that killed 40 troops.

"They will not allow things to go out of control because both countries are facing tremendous pressure from global powers including China and the USA", said Rashid Ahmed Khan, head of politics and worldwide relations department at University of Central Punjab, Lahore said by phone.

Pakistani and Indian troops deployed in Kashmir often trade fire.

The aircraft went down Wednesday morning in Kashmir, a mountainous region claimed by both India and Pakistan since nearly immediately after their creation in 1947. "There will be a controlled and managed escalation".

  • Rogelio Becker