India and Pakistan trade fire amid hope for diplomacy

Delhi Diary

India and Pakistan trade fire amid hope for diplomacy

Immediately after last week's surgical strikes, the United States of America (US) obliquely supported India by stating that Pakistan needs to "take effective action to combat and delegitimise United Nations-designated terrorist individuals and entities, including Lashkar-e-Tayyiba, Jaish-e-Muhammad, and their affiliates".

Baramulla Army and other forces have been on high alert since Uri, they took on the terrorists soon after one hurled grenades near the entry gate.

The close relationship between the Pakistan defence establishment, the Afghan Taliban and the Haqqani network was well known, he said.

Armed forces' senior-most strategists have also told the government that the country should be prepared for repercussions in Kashmir - there was a terrorist attack on a Border Security Force-Army camp in Baramulla+ on Sunday - as well as terrorist attacks elsewhere.

An article in Firstpost had stated that India needs to re-evaluate its military options to keep up with the Pakistani strategy. Pakistan has already ripped to shreds the farcical claim as an "illusion being deliberately generated by India to create false effects".

India accuses Pakistan of arming and training insurgents fighting for Kashmir's independence from India or its merger with Pakistan, a charge Pakistan denies.

According to media reports, Pakistan is treating the captured Indian soldier as an active combatant after India announced to the world that it had carried out surgical strikes in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK).

Despite several attempts made by USA senators and congressmen to force Pakistan to take a hard line against extremists, officials in Islamabad continue to harbor dreaded terrorists like Hafiz Saeed and Dawood Ibrahim. "Pakistan isn't harboring any group, any terrorist, and there is no question that anyone is left out".

Meanwhile, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal praised Prime Minister Narendra Modi for carrying out the "surgical strikes" across the LoC.

"It is not the first time we are going through such a situation", Mr Parthasarathy added.

Sudheendra Kulkarni, the chairman of the Observer Research Foundation in Mumbai, a think tank, said he did "not see any possibility of the current tensions and hostility between India and Pakistan escalating into a war".

Pakistan has handed over a dossier to the United States on "grave human rights violations" by India in Kashmir and sought the country's intervention in the matter.

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