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India deploys fighter jets in troubled Kashmir REUTERS

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NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India has deployed its top fighter jets in
Kashmir, ostensibly for better border management, but analysts said
the move was aimed at Pakistan after relations between the
nuclear-armed rivals soured in recent months.
 
A four-year-old peace process between the two countries has virtually
stalled, initially because of political turmoil in Pakistan and more
recently after a string of bombings in India and at the Indian embassy
in Kabul.
 
India blamed Pakistan for the Kabul attack in July — a charge
Islamabad denied — saying it had put the peace process in “distress”.
 
Under these circumstances, analysts say, the deployment of six
Russian-made Sukhoi-30 jets capable of carrying nuclear warheads in
the troubled Kashmir region was military posturing aimed at Pakistan.
 
“This forward movement is part of a deterrence for Pakistan, and to
tell them if they fish in troubled waters in Kashmir, India would be
ready,” Major-General Ashok Mehta, a defence analyst, told Reuters.
 
India accuses Pakistan of aiding a violent separatist revolt in
Muslim-majority Kashmir, which in recent weeks has seen huge
anti-India protests.
 
The two countries have fought two of their three wars over the
disputed Kashmir region that both claim in full but rule only in part.
 
But Indian air force officials said the deployment of the jets was
only to help with pilot training and better border surveillance.
 
“At the moment we cannot elaborate further on the deployment,” said
Wing Commander Mahesh Upasani, spokesman of the Indian Air Force. “The
fighter jets will help our pilots in Kashmir. But we are not
commenting further on the reasons.”
 
The jets have been deployed at an airbase in Srinagar, the summer
capital of Indian Kashmir.
 
India has 60 Sukhoi fighters, capable of flying in poor weather
conditions with extensive combat capabilities.
 
Source http://in.reuters.com/article/topNews/idINIndia-35522420080917?feedType=RSS&feedName=topNews&sp=true

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Written by morris

November 27, 2008 at 7:49 pm

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