A chief minister in the Indian state of Gujarat warned Pakistan to brace for losing its part of the contested state to New Delhi as it is ready to ‘re-unite’ pre-1947 India. This move will further escalate the already tense atmosphere between the two nuclear power rivals.
Islamabad “should be ready to lose Pakistani-occupied Kashmir,” Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani was quoted as saying by local media, using the Indian term for the disputed territory. The bellicose remark came weeks after India stripped Jammu and Kashmir region of its autonomous status, which the minister said provides an opening for Indian territorial claims.
Both countries were part of British India until the 1947 partition which triggered bitter sectarian divides and led to the Kashmir dispute. India and Pakistan claim Kashmir in full, but control only parts of it.
India boosts of more advance technology and military, recently sending a spacecraft to the moon. The space mission was unsuccessful. Meanwhile, the Prime Minister of Pakistan has threatened to strike India with nuclear weapons in a live or die scenario.