By: Asad Hussain
Sanity is the first victim in India-Pakistan Standoff
Amidst intense warmongering from the Indian side, the ongoing dangerous standoff between the two hostile nuclear neighbours, Pakistan and India, may lead the world to an unimaginable catastrophe. In order to ascertain as to how we reached here, it is quintessential to understand the background to this critical juncture. Both India and Pakistan parted and emerged as independent countries in 1947 on the basis of distinct ideologies despite living hundreds of years together. The Hindu-Muslim divide had created hostility and animosity among the two peoples that refused to die down even after the partition. War hysteria kept both countries engulfed, and several wars have been fought between them just to prove superiority over each other or to gain certain political or geographical gains.
ndia, of late, is flexing its military and economic muscles to become a regional power or even a hegemon in South Asia. India’s growing ties with the United States and its frequent bids to become a member of the prestigious Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) are clear indications that India wants to increase its clout in this part of the world. Not only this, India-orchestrated reign of terror in Kashmir, its flurry of deals with other states for enhancing its nuclear arsenal and its hybrid warfare on Pakistan would seriously disturb strategic balance in South Asia.
In the current scenario, the extremist and warmongering government in New Delhi, spearheaded by Narendra Modi, is wreaking havoc on regional peace and stability just for the sake of some petty political gains. Since elections in India are fast approaching, therefore, to divert public attention from internal problems to external dangers, Modi is plying this stunt to solidify its power base in upcoming polls. For this, India has vehemently labelled Pakistan as a state that sponsors terrorist activities on former’s soil and aroused anti-Pakistan sentiments in the Indian populace.
More recently, on 14 February 2019, India raised a huge outcry for Pakistan’s alleged role in Pulwama suicide attack in the Indian-occupied Kashmir where more than 40 Indian military personnel perished. For this, New Delhi has adopted a harsh and hellish rhetoric towards Pakistan and moaned that Jaish-e-Mohammad (JuM) of Maulana Masood Azhar orchestrated this gruesome attack under the supervision of Pakistan. These are all false and baseless accusations having no solid justification. Modi has adopted this strategy of brinksmanship to achieve his nefarious political agenda.
As a next step in Modi’s escalation policy, 12 Indian fighter jets took flights over the Line of Control (LoC) on 26 February 2019. According to Indian media as well as the official statements, the jets undertook strike on Balakot where they “targeted a training camp of the Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) group.” Indian Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale told a news conference that the strikes had killed a “large number” of militants, including Jaish commanders. However, the Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) issued a presser that Indian jets intruded only 3-4 kilometres inside Pakistani territory and changed their course back to India after dropping their payloads when our jets chased them. These incidents have brought Pakistan and India on the verge of a nuclear war.
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