Pakistan Scrambles Entire F-16 Fleet to Indian Border in Nuclear Standoff

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Pakistan Scrambles Entire F-16 Fleet to Indian Border in Nuclear Standoff


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Pakistan brought all its F-16s to the Indian border & moved its terror camps out of Indian AF reach to the Federally Administered Tribal Areas.

Why isn’t the US reacting to the prohibited F-16 use & more Pakistani terrorists likely going to Afghanistan?https://t.co/QM1NsXwvKL

— Lawrence Sellin (@LawrenceSellin) March 20, 2019

The arms race at the border threatens to tip the two nuclear-armed nations over the edge. Tensions between India and Pakistan have reached fever pitch in recent months with deadly exchanges from both sides.

Fighter Jets Trained on India

According to Indian government sources, Pakistan has scrambled all F-16 fighter jets and positioned them at airbases along the disputed Line of Control.

“The F16s have been distributed all across Pakistani airbases and are still trained at us. They are continuing to undertake night flying and have their air defence network on alert.”

Pakistan has also carried out arial operations on Pakistan highways. The country’s air space remains closed off to commercial flights as the military is on high alert.

Despite Indian complaints to USA, Pakistan has moved the entire F-16 fleet to the Eastern airbases along the borders with India.

— Pakistan Affairs (@pakaffairspk) March 20, 2019

India: Send More Missiles

As Pakistan lines up aircraft on the border, the Indian Air Force (IAF) has asked the government for more weaponry. The IAF has demanded air-to-air missiles to match the Pakistani threat. According to government officials:

“These missiles have a certain life. While stored in a canister, this is counted in terms of the age of the system in years but when fighters are operationally deployed, the life of the missile depends on the number of sorties being undertaken. So we need fresh replenishments.”

India Readies 750,000 Russian Assault Rifles and a Nuclear Submarine. Is Pakistan in the Crosshairs? https://t.co/duOeWgARvd

— CCN.com (@CCNMarkets) March 4, 2019

It comes after India commissioned 750,000 new assault rifles and leased a Russian nuclear submarine. The Indian Air Force is also engaged in aerial military action. The Economic Times reports that there is “hectic flying activity on both sides.” 

It’s clear that India and Pakistan are both showcasing their military prowess in a dangerous display of force.

Nuclear Tensions Flare

Tensions between the nuclear-armed states flared this year when a suicide attack killed more than 40 Indians. Pakistan-based terrorist group Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) claimed responsibility for the attack.

On February 26th, India countered with airstrikes over the Line of Control into Pakistan territory, reportedly hitting a JeM training camp. Days later, Pakistan shot down an Indian jet but returned the pilot to India.

A Violation of US Terms?

Pakistan’s use of F-16 fighter jets is further controversial as it may violate the terms of a US agreement. Washington sold the F-16s to Pakistan under strict terms of use, although the exact terms are confidential.

Pakistan denies using the F-16 to shoot down an Indian jet, but the US is now investigating.

As Pakistan moves all F-16s to the border, it raises further questions for the US government. It’s time for Trump to take a stance in this conflict and help ease tensions between the nuclear nations.

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Ben Brown

Ben is a journalist with a decade of experience covering financial markets. His writing has appeared in The Huffington Post and he worked at Block Explorer, the world’s longest-running source of Blockchain data.

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