Less than two hours after India ordered at least half of Pakistani diplomats sent home and its airline banned from using Indian airspace, Pakistan retaliated by ordering the same sanctions against the largely Hindu nation.
Despite assurances from both countries that they will use restraint, India and Pakistan have put their missiles on alert and are moving troops to the border for a possible confrontation.
India today announced it was recalling its top diplomat to Pakistan, and said will terminate its bus and rail service to the country beginning Jan. 1.
India's prime minister said today that he hopes to settle the conflict with Pakistan through diplomacy, but will not rule out war as a possible response to last week's attack on India's parliament.
Despite U.S. calls for restraint, India publicly accused Pakistan of orchestrating last week's attack on the Indian parliament as an attempt to wipe out the country's political leadership.
India Friday blamed a Pakistan-based Islamic militant group for yesterday's deadly suicide attack on the New Delhi parliament building and demanded that Pakistan arrest the group's leaders.
At least 12 are dead and 17 injured after several gunmen launched a suicide attack Thursday on India's parliament building.
While gunfire exchanges continue in Kashmir, Indian and Pakistani leaders prepared for a regional summit in Nepal, but say they will not directly address the current crisis.
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