Pakistan-India conflict can escalate into nuclear: CENTCOM Commander

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United States Central Command (CENTCOM) chief General Joseph Votel, in a testimony presented to US Senate Armed Services showed fear regarding the conventional tensions between Pakistan and India transforming into a nuclear conflict.

He stated that India is creating hurdles in the way of bettering communication between the two countries by seeking to isolate Pakistan and would cause further deterioration in relations.

“Furthermore, India’s public policy to ‘diplomatically isolate’ Pakistan hinders any prospects for improved relations. This is especially troubling as a significant conventional conflict between Pakistan and India could escalate into a nuclear exchange, given that both are nuclear powers,” Votel warned.

He lauded collaboration between militaries of Pakistan and Afghanistan in stabilisation of the border areas and conducting anti-terrorism campaigns, including Operation Radd-ul-Fasaad.

“The need for an increased focus on Pakistan’s eastern border detracts from its efforts to secure the western border with Afghanistan from incursion by Taliban and Al Qaeda fighters,” the American general stated.

“Security along the western border will nevertheless remain a priority for Islamabad, as the Pakistani military seeks to expand border control and improve paramilitary security,” he added.

United States Central Command (CENTCOM) chief General Joseph Votel, in a testimony presented to US Senate Armed Services showed fear regarding the conventional tensions between Pakistan and India transforming into a nuclear conflict.

He stated that India is creating hurdles in the way of bettering communication between the two countries by seeking to isolate Pakistan and would cause further deterioration in relations.

“Furthermore, India’s public policy to ‘diplomatically isolate’ Pakistan hinders any prospects for improved relations. This is especially troubling as a significant conventional conflict between Pakistan and India could escalate into a nuclear exchange, given that both are nuclear powers,” Votel warned.

He lauded collaboration between militaries of Pakistan and Afghanistan in stabilisation of the border areas and conducting anti-terrorism campaigns, including Operation Radd-ul-Fasaad.

“The need for an increased focus on Pakistan’s eastern border detracts from its efforts to secure the western border with Afghanistan from incursion by Taliban and Al Qaeda fighters,” the American general stated.

“Security along the western border will nevertheless remain a priority for Islamabad, as the Pakistani military seeks to expand border control and improve paramilitary security,” he added.

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