The Asian Age

In­dia keeps close watch on Pak­istan

- AGE COR­RE­SPON­DENT with agency in­puts

The NDA gov­ern­ment on Mon­day ex­pressed con­cern over de­vel­op­ments in Pak­istan and stated that the min­istry of ex­ter­nal af­fairs is closely watch­ing the sit­u­a­tion in the neigh­bour­ing coun­try. Re­act­ing to a query on the on­go­ing un­rest in Pak­istan, Union in­for­ma­tion and broad­cast­ing min­is­ter Prakash Javadekar said, “What is hap­pen­ing in Pak­istan is def­i­nitely a mat­ter of con­cern. Min­istry of Ex­ter­nal Af­fairs looks at it minutely.”

Mean­while, sources said that with the Pak­istan Army seem­ing in­tent on a “soft coup” by ei­ther weak­en­ing or else mount­ing pres­sure to force the exit of Prime Min­is­ter Nawaz Sharif, In­dian se­cu­rity agen­cies are an­tic­i­pat­ing a sharp rise in at­tempts by Pak­istan Army- backed mil­i­tants to in­fil­trate across the LoC into J& K. Sources said the Pak­istan Army ap­pears to be strength­en­ing its hawk­ish po­si­tion vis- a- vis In­dia.

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