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War Mongering by Pakistan

Ever since the abrogation of Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) on August 5, 2019 and no positive response, in fact snub from International community on the Kashmir issue, Pakistan has resorted to build a narrative and create war hysteria in the sub continent. There have been numerous irresponsible and provocative statements from Pakistan Political leadership. Pakistan prime minister Mr Imran Khan threatened of nuclear war between India and Pakistan having global ramifications.

In another statement, Pakistan railway minister Mr Sheikh Rashid tried to create panic by claiming that Pakistan will go to war with India in October/ November.

On the other hand, Pakistan army, test fired surface to surface ballistic missile, Gajnavi on 29 Aug 2019 to flex its muscle against India. Pakistan army spokesperson Major General Asif Gafoor  announcing the successful test firing of the missile claimed that it can carry multiple load upto a distance of 290 KM.

In a bid to scale up the tension between the two countries, Pakistan army resorted to unprecedented ceasefire violations (total of 223)  all along the Line of Control (LOC) since scrapping of Article 370. There have been series of infiltration attempts to push the terrorists in the J&K as well as in the mainland India. Recently two abandoned boats were found near the area of “Harami Nala” along the ‘Rann of Kutch’ in Gujarat suggesting the desperation of Pakistan to carryout subversive activities to draw world attention to Kashmir issue and pressurise India to roll back its decision on Article 370.

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It appears that Pakistan’s war rhetoric is aimed at “killing two birds with one stone”. The first and foremost is to arrest the fast deterioting reputation and confidence of Pakistan awam in Pakistan army which, as per World Values Survey (WVS) has fallen drastically post Kargil war. A Pakistani writer Fatima Bhutto remarked that “I have never seen my country at peace with its neighbour but never before have I seen a war played out between two nuclear-armed states with Twitter accounts.” Pakistan army finds itself in a corner post abrogation of Article 370 in J&K , the narrative on which its very existence was dependent. The Pakistan is in no position to afford the conflict with India in the backdrop of countries crumbling economy, fear of blacklisting by Financial Action Task Force (FATF), ever increasing debt, unrest in Balochistan, International isolation – list is endless.  In the absence of any positive support on Kashmir issue from the Internal community, Pakistan has left with no option but to create war hysteria  escalating to nuclear war  to draw attention of the world community  to intervene and pressurise India to restore pre August 5,2019 status of J&K.

03 Sep 19/Tuesday                                                   Written by Fayaz

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