Balakot: Pakistan vows to respond after Indian 'air strikes'

Apr 2015
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It is precisely & exactly because it's election season, that Modi wants to obtain mileage & score points. Showing machismo & aggression under the guise of patriotism gives him just that.
Various opinion polls shows he is already going to win again.

India and Hindus as an enemy is a easiest way to make Pakistani forget their economic woes, that's what Imran Khan is trying to do. Despite Arab countries and China helping Pakistan, forex reserve is still all time low and Pakistan still need an IMF bailout to come out of economic woes and mounting inflation in the country.
 
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Apr 2015
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Maybe Pakistan should be more cooperative in Afghanistan if it wants more Western aid.

BTW, doesn't India also suffer from corruption?
Yes, corruption is also a problem in India.

Beside, this Pakistan economy is modeled across western aid. Whenever there is flow of money from the west Pakistan economy has boomed as in 1950-60s(cold war), 1980s(Soviet-Afghan war) and 2000s(War against Terror in Afghanistan).
 
Jun 2012
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Various opinion polls shows he is already going to win again.

India and Hindus as an enemy is a easiest way to make Pakistani forget their economic woes, that's what Imran Khan is trying to do.
I could be wrong, but I'm kind of inclined to see this as kind of a cliche Indian narrative for Pakistan. Like, Pakistan the incurable & irrepressible India hater kind of thing.

Come on. I believe Imran Khan is better than that. That he approved & endorsed the quick release of that captured Indian pilot without condition to me says volumes about his sincere desire for peace with India. It is the Indian side that is still whipping stuff up. I mean, Imran could have given the instruction for that pilot to be detained indefinitely, only to be freed at a time of Pakistan's choosing, and with loads of conditions attached. After all, the guy was a captured enemy combatant. The advantage & bargaining power was on Khan's side.
 
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Jun 2012
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Maybe Pakistan should be more cooperative in Afghanistan if it wants more Western aid.
Not sure what you mean by 'cooperative', but I believe that Pakistan is already doing their best with regard to Afghanistan. Within all the political constraints that encumber them. You can say what you want, but the US-led coalition is now basically an occupying power in Afghanistan, essentially no different to what Russia once was in the 80s. So you guys can't expect Pakistan to act any much more differently now in Afghanistan than it once did vis-a-vis Russia in the 80s.
 
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Oct 2015
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It is precisely & exactly because it's election season, that Modi wants to obtain mileage & score points. Showing machismo & aggression under the guise of patriotism gives him just that.
Status Quo for 31 Years in Policies:

Both India and Pakistan are nuclear powers and escalating the confrontation between them is too serious a matter to be an election stunt. Pakistan' policy for last 31 years (1988 till date) has been to carry out a fine-tuned low intensity war so that India does not get incited to launch a conventional war on it. In this it was taking advantage of two things:

(i) Indian policy for 45 years (1971 to 2016) was not to cross LOC (Line of Control).​
(ii) India agreeing to peace negotiations even after serious terror attacks like on Indian parliament, Bombay city, Kargil intrusion. This allows Pakistan to save face.​
Pakistan was smug. It kept on funding, supplying arms, training terrorists, and sending its own nationals to create terror in to Jhelum valley (Kashmir). All because India would not escalate war as per its long-standing doctrine.

Change in 2016 (Much before Elections):

The above Indian policy has been given up. It changed in September 2016 with the Surgical strike by India and it was confirmed in March 2019 with attack on Balakot camp. In both India crossed the LOC. These are not chance actions and came with a gap of 15 month. The purpose is to dissuade Pakistan from spreading terrorism in Jhelum Valley (Kashmir).

International support:

Surprisingly, most countries of the world stand with India on the issue of Indian initiative to curb terrorism.

  • Western world, suffering with radical Islam, is obviously okay with Indian action.
  • China also is with India as it did not condemn the action, paid some lip service to Pakistan. After all, at one stage Pakistan had funded Uyghur Muslims in China and created unrest.
  • Countries of Middle East are also with India because they are stable monarchies and do not have strong militaries. The terrorists groomed in Pakistan are capable of striking against the ruling families in these countries. Moreover, these countries want to invest in India and there are many Indians working in their countries.
  • Islamic countries on periphery (Malaysia, Indonesia, Turkey) are democratic and/or peaceful. They also run risk of being disturbed by radical Islamists reared in Pakistan.
Future scenario:

Long-term prognosis is that terror setups in Pakistan will be cut down to size by international pressure and/or Indian action. Once terrorists become weak, they will be able to operate only within Pakistan. At that stage one has to watch what would happen in Pakistan.

Even if there is a change in political party after elections in India it will be forced to continue present Government's policy of retaliation due to public pressure and other reasons. Indian public now expects & demands that government retaliates to terror attacks. If Govt does not, electorate will swing back to present ruling party - you know some or the other elections keep happening in India.

PS: Seeing this only as an election stunt, you are over focused on trees and missing the forest.
 
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