The Worlds Greatest Rivalry: India and Pakistan

A Pakistani man wounded in a suicide bomb attack receives first aid at a hospital near Lahore on Sunday, November 2.  PHOTO CNN

A Pakistani man wounded in a suicide bomb attack receives first aid at a hospital near Lahore on Sunday, November 2.

This week on the India-Pakistan border a suicide bomber took the lives of 60 people and injured over 100. The Pakistan-based militant group named Jundallah took credit for the attack.

Since the birth of these two countries there has been a high level of tensions in the area. India was established as a secular, but mostly Hindu state, while Pakistan was established as an Islamic state. According to the Asia Society, the division of this country caused the biggest human migration in history with “about 17 million people fleeing their homes and journeying to either Pakistan or India.”

Throughout the years there have been numerous wars between India and Pakistan. All the wars come back to the same thing, a border dispute. Pakistan feels that the Indian region of Kashmiri is rightfully theirs because of the high Muslim population. They feel Kashmiri should have because part of Pakistan in 1947 when it because its own country. According to USA Today, “India does not want to give the region up in part because the loss of Kashmir might embolden other restive Indian regions and the nation’s 120 million Muslims to seek independence”.

Over the last few weeks relations between India and its historic rival Pakistan have greatly deteriorated. It started when India canceled a meeting between the countries’ Foreign Secretaries. Since then shots have been fired back and forth across the borders. Things really escalated on November 2nd when a suicide bomber attacked a parade on the Indian- Pakistan border. According to Global Voices, ” the blast did target Pakistanis supporting their country at the Wagah border, some believe that it also sent a message to India in regards to their border security: these militant groups have the ability to attack the country right at their doorstep”.

There is a lot of tension and conflict coming from this area in Asia and the Middle East. It seems like every time we turn on the news we hear about more and more terrorists attacks, and suicide bombings are becoming a more popular choice for terrorists. It feels like such a growing problem. The terrorism and fighting between India and Pakistan needs to be talked about and resolved. Too many people have fought and died since the beginning of this conflict in 1947.

If you want a different perspective on suicide bombing check out the movie Paradise Now. Lave me a comment!


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