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Available Expert - Tensions escalate between India and Pakistan

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Queen's University global politics expert Houchang Hassan-Yari is available to comment, via email, on the flare-up of tensions between India and Pakistan over the past few weeks, Pakistan issued a threat to use nuclear weapons to "annihilate" India. The escalation began with an attack on an Indian army base by suicide bombers infiltrating from Pakistan that left 19 Indian soldiers dead. India responded with what it called a “surgical strike” on the terrorist camps inside the Pakistan-administered part of Kashmir, resulting in “significant casualties” including some Pakistan troops.

"This rhetorical inflation is very dangerous since both Pakistan and India are nuclear powers," says Dr. Hassan-Yari. "Kashmir is a contentious bone in Pak-Indi relationship and could cause yet another conflict between these neighbours."

Dr. Hassan-Yari is a professor of history at Queen's University and a professor comparative politics and international relations (military and strategic issues) at Royal Military College of Canada. His expertise is on the politics and history of the Middle East and southern Asia. As he is currently abroad, he is available for print interviews by email.

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