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June 14, 2015

Modi and civilised discourse


June 14, 2015

There is a certain method and madness in Modi government's onslaught against Pakistan and its genuine national interests.
First, the Modi government, soon after its induction, started nasty manouvres to end the special status of Occupied Kashmir. The festering issue is pending between the two countries for the last 67 years and cannot be pushed under the carpet by one side against the aspirations and genuine wishes of the local people.
Second, the Modi government ordered the Indian Army to start firing at the Line of Control and the Working Boundary, killing and injuring Pakistani villagers residing in the border villages. This was done to intimidate Islamabad and engage the Pakistan Army. Once befitting reply was given, the Indian practice was toned down.
Third, by increasing its support for the TTP, the Indian government has started upping the ante in Fata and northwestern areas of Pakistan, where the Pakistan Army is tackling terrorists and insurgents.
It should be remembered that the attacks on Mehran and Kamra air bases did not come out of the blue; it had Indian fingerprints all over the sinister scheme.
Fourth, the Indian government, which is already supporting the Baloch insurgents, has started working to sabotage the China Pakistan Economic Corridor. It has gone to the extent of airing its views openly and informing the Chinese of its mindset and intentions during the recent visit of Modi to Beijing. Has Pakistan ever approached any other country over India's plans to build roads, corridors or buy weapons on a massive scale? This has never happened. The Indian defence minister's recent statement is an open admission that India is using proxies against Pakistan.
Fifth, India, the largest arms importer in the world, has fast tracked purchase of weapons from abroad.
The buying of 36 Rafale fighter aircraft off the shelf is part of the new practice.
Sixth, India is greatly upset over the improving relations between Pakistan

and Afghanistan and intelligence services of the two countries. It is working overtime to sabotage the growing relations between the two brotherly countries.
It is a fact that India is the largest country in size and also population wise in South Asia. The Indians boast an army of 1.4 million with 34 combat divisions, the third largest in the world. It fears Pakistan so much that of its 13 corps, seven are deployed against Pakistan. The air force and navy, as large as they are claimed to be, mostly survive on imported weapons.
Yet, it's no secret among India watchers and geopolitical pundits that while India can boast a lot about its ambitions and highlight the latest weapon purchases, it has a major credibility deficit and just cannot walk its talk. Modi and his government know this and therefore can only try to brag and threaten their neighbours including Pakistan.
As far as Islamabad is concerned, the road Modi has chosen goes nowhere. So it seems that as India tries to encircle Pakistan and increase pressure, a civilised discourse with the Modi government is fast becoming nearly impossible.

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