Anything concerning the relations between India and Pakistan has always been a result of it’s relentless hostility, deeply rooted in the traumatic chapters of their independence. And “behavioral changes” in attitude is also one of the results of of their action-reaction episodes played between both the countries for decades now.
At Vivekananda Foundation on Thursday addressing a select gathering, the India Air Chief, B.S. Dhanoa said, “Repeated terrorist attacks indicates our deterrence is not working in the sub conventional domain. We need to build conventional deterrence capability to affect a behavioral change in Pakistan,”
Remembering the tension between both the countries after 2001 attack on Indian Parliament, Dhanoa added that it was in 2001 when for the last time a behavioral change in Pakistan was affected, “when they were told that they should be ready to be bombed back to Stone Age and they changed their behavior,” (Quoted by ANI)
In a mocking tone towards Pakistan, the Chief also said that in most countries, the “state has an army but in Pakistan the Army has a state”
CHAPTERS IN THE PAST
Though being caught up in a cross border tension and counter terrorism, we cannot forget that both the countries have their fair share in coming together at the times of crisis. With decades of common experiences and many cultural similarities, both the countries have made noteable acts of native diplomacy.
The 2002 visit of the U.S Deputy Secretary and Defense Secretary to defuse tensions had followed five years of relative peace. It was also the time that saw persistent negotiations between India and Pakistan which also witnessed efforts from both the sides to address the issue of Kashmir. Pakistan’s then Prime Minister, Nawaz Sharif had also participated in the inaugural ceremony of PM Modi in 2014.
But 2016 attacks by militants on Pathankot and Uri bases followed by continuous youth agitations in Kashmir valley eliminated any positive outcomes of the previous gestures. Not only 2016 attack, but also 2001, 2007-8 and attacks like 26/11 seemed to have deeply scared the Indian psyche.
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Today, when we talk about India and Pakistan relations, it is no longer an issue between two countries. It is rather an international issue that has evolved with time and is one of the main reasons for any international happening in Asia.
And hinting at this on Thursday Dhanoa also said, “if peace were to come, it (Pakistan Army) would several of its privileges. I can’t afford to put my children in Ivy League colleges and settle down in London like many of their generals do,” He also said that Pakistan will keep the pot boiling in Kashmir and will keep attacking the Indian military. And in a warning tone he added, “any such attack may have unintended consequences which may result in an escalation,”
He also mentioned increase in the deployment of aircrafts and air crew from China in the Tibetan Autonomous Region. Answering to one of the question regarding need for more funds, Dhanoa said, “if we spend all money on defense then our economy will be like that of our western neighbor,”
Talking about the recent Gagan Shakti exercise, the chief clearly said, “it was not against any country,” He rather called it walking an extra mile.