Kash­mir: War is not an op­tion

Views from Srinagar

Pakistan Observer - - KASHMIR -

par­tic­i­pat­ing in the cer­e­mony.

This step by the two pre­miers was touted as a con­fi­dence build­ing mea­sure. But then things wors­ened. And dis­tances in­creased be­tween the two coun­tries.

Some peo­ple opine that In­dia should use mil­i­tary might to teach Islamabad a les­son. But a ques­tion rises can In­dia af­ford to use mil­i­tary might against Pak­istan?

The an­swer is sim­ple no. In­dia can­not go for war given its lim­ited op­tions. In this re­spect, a ma­jor part of the gov­ern­ment’s pol­icy to­wards Pak­istan is above cor­rec­tion. To be on the safe side, In­dia can well ex­er­cise the op­tions of diplo­matic pres­sures, watch­ful­ness, mil­i­tar­ily and coun­terin­sur­gency tac­tics.

Mean­while, In­dia needs to press for talks with Pak­istan. The global com­mu­nity can play a use­ful hand by of­fer­ing its good of­fices to help the two neigh­bors re­solve the fes­ter­ing Kash­mir is­sue.

The of­fer of good of­fices from UN gen­eral sec­re­tary Ban Ki Moon should be taken ad­van­tage of. If In­dia chooses the op­tion of us­ing its mil­i­tary might to teach Pak­istan a les­son, a fullscale war be­tween the two coun­tries, can­not be ruled out. Both the neigh­bors could end up in dis­play­ing their nu­clear power.

Its im­me­di­ate ca­su­al­ties will be the poor masses on both sides. The re­spec­tive economies will be­come bank­rupt. For­eign debt will swell and the prices of ba­sic es­sen­tials will mount.

Pak­istan has about five lakh troops armed, a strong air force, pow­er­ful mis­siles and pos­si­bly more nu­clear war­heads. Hence, In­dia can­not have a cake walk ex­er­cise to force sub­mis­sion on the part of Pak­istan.

On the con­trary, Pak­istan can muster courage from its ca­pac­ity of re­tal­i­a­tion in view of its past be­hav­ior. That will lead New Delhi into a tight corner and it could find it­self left with no other op­tion but to step up the con­flict. both sides. [Au­thor can be mailed at

There­fore, In­dia should not go for the war. It has plenty of other op­tions to use and get rich div­i­dends. No rash step can be taken to fan the flames.

The cho­rus for no talks with Pak­istan should be steered clearly of. To have talks is the best op­tion to man­age the cri­sis and solve all bi­lat­eral is­sues.

Swaraj has rightly said that ‘war is not an op­tion with Pak’. “No di­a­logue op­tion” may not live up to the ex­pec­ta­tions. Then it is only the mil­i­tary ac­tion which will have to be used only to wit­ness wide­spread de­struc­tion on —Courtesy: RK sheikhshabir518@gmail.com]

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