Pakistan, India could slip into nuclear war, warns top expert

Sarfraz Ali 11:15 PM | 22 Sep, 2016
Pakistan, India could slip into nuclear war, warns top expert
WASHINGTON (APP) - An expert on Pakistan and India and a prominent political scientist has warned that the two countries could skid into a nuclear war that would be disastrous for them, the New York Times reported on Thursday.

“It could happen, and it would be catastrophic for both countries,” the report quoted Stephen P. Cohen, the author of” Shooting for a Century: The India-Pakistan Conundrum” as saying. Tension is on the rise in the valley since July when Indian security forces killed a young Kashmiri freedom fighter whose call for freedom on the social media has resonated with the Kashmiri youth disgruntled over the Indian occupation and ceaseless brutalities.

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Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday made a strong case for Kashmir in the UN General Assembly, many saw as the boldest presentation thus far that alluded to the grave consequences if the issue was not resolved in line with the aspiration of the Kashmiri people. He made it clear that peace and normalization between Pakistan and India was not possible without the resolution of the long-standing dispute.

The NYT report also said that the escalating tension was presenting a challenge to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi who needs regional peace to achieve his avowed goal of economic revival in his country.

The report quoted Omar Abdullah, former chief minister of Indian-held Kashmir as saying that relative calm since 2010 in the valley led the Indian government to believe that the long-running unrest was over. But, according to the report, there were “warning signs” the unrest among young people was rising which eventually came to fore with a vigorous force after the killing of the young Kashmiri freedom fighter Burhan Wani in early July.

More than 100 people have been killed in protests over his deaths that now have turned into a strong voice for freedom from the Indian yoke. Thousands others are at the risk of losing their eyesight after Indian troops used pallet guns directly at protesters.

“Wani should have served as an alarm bell for the government system,” the report quoted Siddharth Varadrajan, a former editor in chief of the prominent Indian English newspaper daily The Hindu.

“Why would a young man, instead of taking up engineering, adopt a course that any reasonable person would tell him would end up in death?”

“Now the India-controlled section of Kashmir is engulfed in a crisis. Since the shooting, the Indian-controlled area has been shut down, with curfews and strikes forcing the closing of schools, offices and markets,” the report added.

Sarfraz Ali
Sarfraz Ali

Sarfraz Ali is working as Editor Web for Daily Pakistan. He earned a postgraduate degree in Mass Communication from IUB and diploma in International Print Journalism from Thomson Foundation UK. He regularly writes on ...


KARACHI - Following are the foreign currency exchange rates for US Dollar, Saudi Riyal, UK Pound Sterling, U.A.E. Dirham, European Euro, and other foreign currencies in Pakistan open market on February 8, 2023 (Wednesday).

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 276.9 280.15
Euro EUR 296.12 296.74
UK Pound Sterling GBP 331.78 332.48
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.06 75.36
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.48 73.79
Australian Dollar AUD 190.31 192.71
Bahrain Dinar BHD 732.23 740.23
Canadian Dollar CAD 205.22 207.42
China Yuan CNY 40.72 41.12
Danish Krone DKK 39.92 40.32
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.08 35.45
Indian Rupee INR 3.35 3.46
Japanese Yen JPY 2.5 2.54
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 900.32 909.32
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 64.65 65.25
New Zealand Dollar NZD 174.19 176.18
Norwegians Krone NOK 27.12 27.41
Omani Riyal OMR 715.11 723.11
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 75.64 76.34
Singapore Dollar SGD 208.03 210.03
Swedish Korona SEK 26.1 26.4
Swiss Franc CHF 297.31 299.81
Thai Bhat THB 8.25 8.4

KARACHI – Gold prices fell on Wednesday for the third straight day in local markets, after hitting aan all-time high in previous week.

The per tola price of 24 carats gold in Pakistan dropped by Rs2,000 to settle at Rs198,000 while the price of 10 grams decreased by Rs1715 to reach Rs169753.

On Monday, the gold price witnessed a drop of Rs200 per tola to close at Rs204,300.

In the international market, the commodity witnessed an upward trend as per ounce price reached to $1,880 after an increase of $11 dollars.


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