Tension between India and Pakistan has been boiling and one proof of it lies in the speech of Prime Minister of Pakistan addressed to the nation on it’s independence day on August 14, 2019. Imran Khan did the same what he is best known for and that’s hollow threatening to Indian government over the abrocating of Article 370 & Article 35A from Jammu and Kashmir. Imran Khan threatened of war with India over the revocation of Article 370 which was in force since 1950s.
The Article 370 & 35A gave a special status to the residents of Jammu and Kashmir and it also deprived outsiders of acquiring property, gaining state government jobs, etc. in Jammu and Kashmir. Moreover, it gave special powers to the state to make its own laws and wave its own flag. However, the state remained deprived of developmental projects due to the presence of Article 370 and Article 35A.
On August 5, Monday, the Narendra Modi-led Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government also announced that the state of Jammu and Kashmir would be bifurcated into the federally administered territories of Ladakh – which borders Tibet and is a predominantly Buddhist region – and Jammu and Kashmir. Pakistan, which has controlled a one third of the Kashmir region since gaining independence in 1947, also claims all of these regions in their entirety. Though it’s claims have not got any attention in the international fraternity due to the presence of proofs against it’s claims.
The move of repealing Article 370 & 35A from India has come with a series of reactions from Pakistan. Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan called for a review of all the bilateral arrangements with India and suspended the daily rail service between the two countries. After the announcement of scrapping of Article 370 from Kashmir valley, Pakistan expelled India’s High Commissioner to Islamabad, adding that its own envoy, who was yet to assume the position, would not move to India because of the revocation of Article 370 from valley.
The Relations between the two nuclear power countries worsened even more when Pakistan decided to suspend all the bilateral trades with India. Though Pakistan may have to pay a high cost for it’s unilateral decisions against India. These decisions were taken at a high-level meeting chaired by Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan in response to India’s move to scrap the Article 370 of the Indian Constitution.
Pakistan has, furthermore, termed India’s action as illegal and a violation of United Nations’ resolutions on Kashmir and is keen to raise the matter at various international forums, including the United Nations (UN) and the Organisation for Islamic Cooperation (OIC). Meanwhile, Pakistan has also objected to India’s decision of bifurcating the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir into two Union Territories.
However, as expected this wasn’t going to end so early from Pakistan’s side. And it definitely would take some action against India, atleast to scare the Delhi office bearers. According to reports, amidst all this tension, Pakistani forces have started moving equipments to their forward bases close to Ladakh.
“Three C-130 transport aircraft of the Pakistan Air Force were used on August 10, Saturday to ferry equipment to their Skardu air base opposite the Union Territory of Ladakh. The Indian agencies concerned are keeping a close eye on the movement of Pakistanis along the border areas,” government sources told ANI. Meanwhile, the Sources said that the equipment moved to the forward operating base could be the support equipments for fighter aircraft operations. Pakistanis are most likely to move in their JF-17 fighter planes to the Skardu air field, they added.
According to the reports, the Pakistanis use an older version of the C-130 transport aircraft supplied by the Americans a long time ago. Sources said that the Pakistan Air Force was planning to conduct an exercise of its Air Force and Army elements and the move of shifting planes to the forward base could also be a part of it.
Skardu is a forward operating base of the Pakistan Air Force and it uses it to support it’s Army operations at the border with India. While the Indian intelligence agencies along with the Air Force and Army are keeping a close watch on the movement of the Pakistani Air Force as they can see almost the entire length and breadth of Pakistan from their position.
Moreover, the Indian warships are being put on high alert over a possible terror attack by militants based in Pakistan. The reports also state that India’s naval forces have allegedly tightened the security arrangements on the eastern and western seaboards and have begun monitoring “all points of entry” along the coast, according to a top official.