TODAY'S BIG THREAT
PAKISTAN has threatened to DESTROY India in a terrifying war of words between the two nuclear powers
Sep 30, 2016
The arch enemies - who both possess a formidable nuclear arsenal - threaten the safety of the world as Pakistan ramped up the threats against its neighbour.
Pakistan’s defence minister, Minister Khawaja Asif, has threatened to “destroy” India, after it confirmed it had launched a series of “surgical strikes” against suspected militants sneaking across the border.
The two countries have observed a ceasefire since 2003, but the peace is fragile and the latest escalation between both parties could lead to all-out warfare.
Four heavily armed militants infiltrated an Indian military base in Kashmir earlier this month, managing to break through the disputed Himalayan border, where they opened fire, killing 18 soldiers and injuring scores more.
In response to the killings, Prime Minister Modi said: "I want to tell the Pakistani people: India is ready to fight you.
“If you have strength, come forward and fight against poverty.
“Let's see who wins, who is able to defeat poverty and illiteracy first, Pakistan or India?"
Both India and Pakistan claim Kashmir as their own sovereign land, and have fought three wars over the territory since gaining independence from the British in 1947.
In response to India’s latest strike, Minister Asif said: “We will destroy India if it dares to impose war on us.
“Pakistan’s army is fully prepared to answer any misadventure of India.
“We have not made atomic device to display in a showcase.
“If a such a situation arises we will use it and eliminate India.”
And Prime Minister Modi recently announced the suspension of meetings overseeing how water is shared between the two.
He said: “Blood and water cannot flow at the same time.”
Commenting on the situation, US Defence Secretary Ashton Carter: “Pakistan nuclear weapons are entangled in a history of tension, and while they are not a threat to the United States directly, we work with Pakistan to ensure stability.”