October 20, 2021




2008 - Escalation Data

Date Event Nature of the Event Gravity Cause of the Escalation Source
29 December 2008 Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi says in a statement made to state television that India should withdraw its security forces to peacetime positions and deactivate air bases near the border. In return, Pakistan would pull back its troops as w Official Statement/ Posturing/ Adverse Political Statement Moderate Terrorism/ Political Rhetoric http://edition.cnn.com/2008/WORLD/asiapcf/12/30/pakistan.india.tensions/
29 December 2008 Pakistan's army chief Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani calls for the need to "de-escalate and avoid conflict" with India in the wake of the Mumbai attacks during the visit of Chinese Vice Foreign Minister He Yafeil in Islamabad. China launched a diplomatic initi Posturing Minor No Escalation http://archive.indianexpress.com/news/pak-trying-to-avoid-conflict-with-india-kayani/404244/
26 December 2008 Pakistan moves 20000 troops to the Indian border. Widescale redeployment of troops from Afghan border to Indian border. Military deployment Moderate Terrorism/ Political Rhetoric https://www.ft.com/content/ba756294-d376-11dd-989e-000077b07658 and http://edition.cnn.com/2008/WORLD/asiapcf/12/26/india.pakistan.tensions/
25 December 2008 Pakistan Senate has warns India that any surgical strike into its territory would be taken as an act of war and would be repulsed with “full force”. Adverse Military Statement Moderate Terrorism/ Political Rhetoric http://www.thaindian.com/newsportal/south-asia/surgical-strikes-will-be-treated-as-war-and-will-be-repulsed-pakistan_100134857.html
23 December 2008 Pakistan ups the ante: 1) Pakistan Air force fighter jets fly over Islamabad, Rawalpindi and other cities. 2)Pakistan Army Chief meets P Military escalation Moderate Terrorism https://web.archive.org/web/20120221233851/http://www.ndtv.com/convergence/ndtv/mumbaiterrorstrike/Story.aspx?ID=NEWEN20080077459
18 December 2008 India cancels 2009 Cricket tour of Pakistan Disengagement Minor Terrorism http://edition.cnn.com/2008/SPORT/12/18/india.pakistan.cricket.tour/index.html?iref=nextin
13 December 2008 Pakistan says two Indian warplanes violated its airspace. Indian Air Force spokesperson denies allegation. ? Minor Terrorism http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/7782101.stm
9 December 2008 Pakistan's Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi says that Pakistan is prepared for war against India Adverse Political Statement / Official Statement Moderate Terrorism/ Political Rhetoric http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/pakistan/3688288/Pakistan-Were-ready-for-war-with-India.html
7 December 2008 US Senator John McCain warns Pakistan of Indian air strikes: At a gathering of Islamabad's elite on Saturday, McCain warns that India was determined to strike terror camps in Pakistan and PoK if the Zardari government did not act against jihadis of the La Diplomatic Posturing Moderate Terrorism http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/McCain-warns-Pakistan-of-Indian-air-strikes/article15356246.ece / http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Armed-forces-capable-of-surgical-strikes-in-Pak-PoK/articleshow/3805464.cms
3 December 2008 EAM Pranab Mukherjee says that he informed US Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice that the Mumbai terrorist attacks were perpetrated by individuals who came from Pakistan Adverse Political Statement Moderate Terrorism https://2001-2009.state.gov/secretary/rm/2008/12/112622.htm
2 December 2008 Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari denies his nation was involved in the deadly attacks on Mumbai. Zardari tells CNN on Tuesday he's seen no evidence that a suspect in custody is a Pakistani national as Indian officials claim. Adverse Political Statement Moderate Terrorism http://edition.cnn.com/2008/WORLD/asiapcf/12/02/pakistan.zardari.lkl/
28 November 2008 Hoax phone call made to Pak Prez Asif Ali Zardari, posing as Indian EAM Mukerjee, escalates tensions between India and Pakistan. Caller warned that India would take military action is Islamabad failed to take action against perpetrators of Mumbai attacks. Misunderstanding/ Conspiracy Moderate Terrorism http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/politics-and-nation/hoax-call-pushed-pakistan-to-brink-of-war-with-india/articleshow/3801441.cms and http://www.thehindu.com/news/the-india-cables/MEA-added-to-confusion-over-2008-hoax-call-to-Zardari/article14958377.ece
26 November 2008 Ceasefire violation reported in Jammu: Pakistani troops opened fire on Indian positions along the Indo-Pak border, a senior India army officer says. Khour Border Out Post (BOP) along the Line of Control (LoC) of Jammu district. 37th ceasefire violation si CFV Moderate CFV/ Terrorism http://archive.indianexpress.com/news/pak-violates-ceasefire-again-jawan-injured-in-loc-fire/391363/
26 November 2008 Mumbai terrorist attacks - 26 to 29 Nov 2008 Terrorism Major Terrorism
12 October 2008 BSF-Rangers Talks at Lahore Military engagement Positive No Escalation http://www.tribuneindia.com/2008/20081014/punjab.htm
7 August 2008 India slams Pakistan senate resolution on JK: Indian EAM Spokesperson Navtej Sarna said that the resolution amounted to amounted to “gross interference in its internal affairs”. Adverse Political Statement Minor Kashmir http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/India+slams+Pakistan+resolution+on+Jammu+and+Kashmir/1/12734.html
29 July 2008 Infiltration reported in Nowgam. CFV/Infitration/ Terrorism Minor CFV/ Terrorism http://www.jottings.in/2008_07_01_archive.html
21 July 2008 Clash on the Eagle Post - Indian troops reported firing on forward posts. CFV Minor CFV http://www.jottings.in/2008_07_01_archive.html
17 July 2008 Terrorist attack on Indian embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan. 41 killed including Indian defence attache Brig RD Mehta Terrorism Minor Terrorism http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Kabul-attack-Brigadier-Mehta-cremated/articleshow/3212429.cms


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