India’s nuclear doctrine may appear to be undergoing a shift towards conducting a ‘counterforce strike’ against Pakistan, but some experts see this as “mind games” that could set off a worrying chain of events in the region.
The Sawalkot hydroelectric power project could be very damaging for Pakistan, reducing flows to the already water-stressed country.
Speaking to a Washington audience on Friday,Husain Haqqani said that both the US and Pakistan needed to rethink their positions.
When states fight over territory and governments bicker over geography, lives are lost, children are separated from their parents and people get split into different countries. Call it collateral damage.
The CPEC may be a bilateral endeavour, but New Delhi cannot ignore its spillover effects on regional governance and regime creation in South Asia.
General Qamar Javed Bajwa and General Bipin Rawat have very different roles and challenges ahead. One controls the polity, while the other is controlled by it; one has complete freedom to function, while the other is hemmed in by politicians and bureaucracy.
In the third of a five-part interview centred around his new book on Indian foreign policy, Choices, the former national security adviser evaluates India’s Pakistan policy.
With rising nationalism premised on religious identity on both sides of the border, religious minorities have to constantly prove their Pakistani- or Indian-ness.
India’s political objectives of dissuading Pakistan from cross-border infiltration and terrorism are unlikely to be consummated by modest punitive strikes.
India has issued a demarche to Pakistan on “continued violations of ceasefire along the LoC” and strongly condemned “increased concentration of terrorists observed across the border in the vicinity of Pakistani forward posts”.
“Why should I bind myself? I should say I am a responsible nuclear power and I will not use it irresponsibly. This is my [personal] thinking,” Parrikar said.
Resentment against China has continued for far too long and gone too far. By focusing on just one issue in its ties with China, India risks having the world perceive its interests as monochromatic and emotional rather than based on realism and strategic foresight.
Modern psychology and ancient political philosopher Kautilya’s writings can help India craft a new approach in ties with Pakistan.
Legitimacy, political respectability and electoral advantage are being sought to be derived from the soldier and his martyrdom, while unthinkingly, new space, new respect and new autonomy are being ceded to the army brass and other security forces.
Most Pakistani channels have said that one of them works for RAW while the other works for the Indian Intelligence Bureau, but have only cited anonymous sources.
In the aftermath of Uri and the surgical strikes, atavistic calls for revenge blurred the focus on terrorism as the enemy of peace and development, as well as efforts to seek a settlement of outstanding issues with Pakistan through dialogue.
After objections by the Indian representative, the Green Climate Fund has kept on hold a project to reduce the risk of glacial lake outburst floods in northern Pakistan
The move comes India has expelled a Pakistan high commission staffer after he was arrested by the Delhi police for being in possession of defence-related documents.
Mehmood Akhtar was arrested by the Delhi police crime branch on Wednesday following an intelligence input.
Strategists who assumed that India could bring about such a declaration are poor students of history and do not understand how Washington works.
Following the information minister’s advice of what is expected of people like me, and in keeping with the nationalist sentiments of our times, I am choosing to make a full confession about my relations with people from ‘that country’.
“When a war is taking place, you have someone doing a drama with that country, that is not expected,” Naidu said.
Even in the ninth year of uninterrupted democracy in Pakistan, the thrice-elected prime minister is not able to utter a word against the shenanigans of his generals.
According to the UN Charter, a state can use force against another state if authorised by the UNSC, if it is a matter of self-defence or if the other state has invited it to do so.
The US also called for a “meaningful dialogue” between India and Pakistan to address differences and to bring down the recent tensions.
War may be the continuation of politics by other means, but there are also means other than war that can advance the political aims of our country.
Linking water to security might suit the interests of hawks in India and Pakistan, but India, aspiring for a seat in the UNSC, should safeguard rather than violate bilateral treaties.
This was the first such interaction after the Uri attack and India’s surgical strikes on terror launchpads across the Line of Control.
Human rights activists and journalists from across the sub-continent have asked both countries to “de-escalate” tensions and begin a dialogue.
While India must demonstrate that the ‘nuclear overhang’ will not stop it from using its armed forces to respond to terrorist acts, it must also be willing to use the many levers at its disposal to back Pakistan into a corner.
“During these counter terrorist operations, significant casualties have been caused to the terrorists and those who are trying to support them,” the DGMO said.
India has said the Indian army conducted a “surgical strike” last night on a “terrorist launchpad” across the line of control, causing significant damages.
Militarily engaging a nuclear Pakistan might bring war to the country’s mainland: are we prepared to pay that price?
Every “deshbhakt” has a long wish list as to how the prime minister should be doling out maximum pain to Pakistan. Will he be able to escape this trap?
The heavy artillery exchange has reminded border residents of how things used to be before the 2003 India-Pakistan ceasefire agreement.
“The land of Taxila, one of the greatest learning centres of ancient times is now host to the Ivy League of terrorism. It attracts aspirants and apprentices from all over the world,” the Indian response said.
Australia, Canada and the UK issue fresh travel advisories for citizens to avoid Kashmir, Indo-Pak border areas and five northeastern states.
Uri a Reminder that India Needs Better Intelligence and Security Outside Vital Locations, Say Experts
Experts are divided on whether India should retaliate with surgical strikes against Pakistan or employ a diplomatic-economic-social offensive instead.
For every reason to hope that severe nuclear-tinged crises between India and Pakistan might be in the rear-view mirror, there is a reason to expect one in the future.
The Indian response must be calm and measured, and must begin by establishing as complete a picture of the incident and its dramatis personae as possible.