The Pakistan government strongly condemned India for taking “illegal steps” in its decision to revoke special status for Kashmir. The Pakistan government also warned that it will “exercise all possible options.” “As the party to this international dispute, Pakistan will exercise all possible options to counter the illegal steps,” Pakistan’s foreign ministry said in a statement. Pakistan also vowed to continue to provide moral and political support to Kashmiri people in their struggle for right of self-determination.
Now let’s examine the options and steps that Pakistan can take in this situation. Just exclude the option of war at this stage. The war between two nuclear arm countries will cause unimaginable damage and loss of both human life and infrastructure. The war will not solve anything but will bring destruction, instability and chaos on both sides.
Both armies are capable of causing maximum damage to each other even in a conventional war. The hawks on the both sides might see war as the only solution but war is not the solution. So let’s look at the other options and steps that Pakistan can take.
The matter of fact is that India cannot inflict a military defeat on Pakistan so easily. Pakistan has proved it again and again that it has the upper hand as far as air war fare is concerned. Pakistani military is capable of defending its land. So it will be misadventure on the part of India to think of a possible attack on Pakistan.
Pakistan should ask president Trump to intervene and use influence to stop Modi from endangering the regional peace of Indian sub-continent. If President Trump is serious to mediate between India and Pakistan on the Kashmir issue than it is the high time to do it.
Despite the problems and difficulties, Pakistan should immediately approach China, US, Russia, Britain and France to convince them to stop India from carrying out genocide and gross violations of human rights. Serious efforts need to be made on this front.
Over the years, chinks have appeared in India’s bilateral narrative due to its consistent and repeated material breaches of the Shimla Agreement. These include unilateral statements declaring J&K as an “integral part” of India and the latest war on its own constitution to “integrate” Kashmir. Amongst other things, the Shimla Agreement prohibits either side from unilaterally altering the situation until the final settlement of the problems between the two countries.
It’s a war of narratives which PTI government and military leadership will not be able to win alone. PM Imran Khan needs to forget what he personally thinks of opposition leaders to forge political unity in the country. The policy of targeting the opposition leaders will not help. Bilawal Bhutto can play important role internationally. The government should use the journalists, intellectuals and leading social activists to spread the Pakistani narrative internationally.
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28 March, 2020