Now, Is­lam­abad will have to de­cide on next move

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - - NATION - C UDAY BHASKAR

will cause some global dis­quiet but as was the case with Kargil in 1999 — this will be seen for the red-her­ring it is when Pak­istan’s core na­tional in­ter­ests are not threat­ened in any man­ner Un­less of course, Rawalpindi chooses to so de­scribe the groups that en­gage in ter­ror against In­dia. The wrig­gle room for Rawalpindi and the deep-state is shrink­ing.

And the do­mes­tic po­lit­i­cal mes­sage is clear. Af­ter this sur gi­cal strike, for now at least Naren­dra Modi emerges as a leader who is in­deed com­mit­ted to de­fend In­dia’s se­cu­rity in­ter ests — come what may. This is the firm ac­tion that was promised dur­ing his elec­tion cam­paign and his core team has de­liv­ered.

With­out fall­ing into the trap of post-event clair­voy­ance, it may be con­jec­tured that the PM’S Kozhikode speech and that of the ex­ter­nal af­fairs minister Sushma Swaraj at the UN Gen­eral Assem­bly had a sub-text that el­lip­ti­cally con veyed this po­lit­i­cal re­solve of the Bjp-led NDA govern­ment To me this sub-text was that on na­tional se­cu­rity mat­ters, the Modi govern­ment will not be the Congress with a cow!

How­ever, what needs to be tracked now is the re­sponse from Pak­istan and the tra­jec tory that the post-sur­gi­cal strike days will fol­low.

PTI

Direc­tor Gen­eral Mil­i­tary Op­er­a­tions Ran­bir Singh ad­dresses a press con­fer­ence in New Delhi on Thurs­day.

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