India and Pakistan are the brink of conflict as the tensions over a terrorist attack in the disputed region of Kashmir escalate.
Early this week at an attack on a Indian gendarme convoy by Muslim separatists killed at least 44 officers.
Now India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi is building up his political support for direct action against terrorists in Pakistan which he claims enjoy Islamabad’s support.
India’s claims that Pakistan sponsored the terror attack have been denied by the country’s government but few in the international community take their denial seriously.
India’s PM also claims that the US has signalled it supports New Delhi's right to self-defence against cross-border attacks.
This escalating tension is particularly worrying as both countries have two of the largest conventional military armies in the world, but they are also both in possession of nuclear weapons.