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India warns against defeating Pakistan within 10 days

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — Indian Prime Minister Narinda Modi has announced that India has the military potential to defeat Pakistan within 10 days at the most in the event of a new armed conflict between the two rival countries in South Asia.

The two nuclear powers have clashed in three wars since the split in 1947, while their fighters fought over the disputed range in Kashmir last year.

“Pakistan has already lost three wars. It will not take our military forces more than 7-10 days to bring down Pakistan,” Moody said during a speech at a military academy in New Delhi on Tuesday.

The Hindu national leader mentioned the Indian Air Force raids in Pakistani territory in 2016 and 2019.

He considered that Pakistan continues the “proxy war” by secretly providing support to rebel groups in Indian Kashmir, where India faces a military rebellion.

On Wednesday, Pakistan condemned Moody’s “irresponsible and incitement to war” comments that reflect the “desperate attempts” of officials in India to “divert attention from the growing criticism of their discriminatory policies (…), both domestically and internationally.”

The Indian prime minister is under pressure as protests against a controversial citizenship law and amid economic slowdowns in the country of 1.3 billion people persist.

The Pakistani Foreign Ministry announced in a statement that Pakistan’s “immediate and effective” response in February 2019 that resulted in “the downfall of an Indian fighter and the arrest of its commander (…) would be sufficient to emphasize the will, ability, and willingness of our armed forces.”

At the time, the Indian pilot’s return allowed the crisis to calm down.

On the sidelines of the first air confrontations between the two neighbors in decades, the Indian forces shot down one of its helicopters, killing the six crew members, which was recognized by the Air Force Commander more than seven months after the incident.

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