RUSI NewsbriefVOLUME 34ISSUE 2members only

Delhi’s Road to Kabul Runs through Kashmir

India suspects Pakistan of stoking tensions along the Line of Control as a diversion from the strategic question of influence over post-NATO Afghanistan

In what amounts to the effective ending of a decade-old ceasefire between India and Pakistan, since January 2013 violence has flared along the de facto border – the Line of Control (LoC) – between the two in the state of Jammu and Kashmir. With more than 200,000 heavily armed soldiers from two nuclear-armed countries on hair-trigger alert in LoC outposts that are sometimes just metres apart, the potential for escalation can hardly be overestimated. New Delhi, for its part,

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