Tense times with Islamabad
On the eve of the 70th anniversary of their mutual independence, the two Asian nuclear powers are once again on the brink of conflict.
- Monday, 27 February 2017
British-ruled India stretched from the border with Afghanistan in the west to as far as Burma (now Myan- mar) in the east. Rather than face rule by a Hindu-dominated India, Muslims led by Mohammed Ali Jinnah de- manded a separate state for followers of Islam, which they called Pakistan. Until 1971, when Bangladesh broke away in a fierce war, Pakistan includ- ed eastern and western wings.