A United State’s agency, in an unclassified annual report, states that India under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi is more likely to respond stringently with military force to “perceived and real” provocation from rival Pakistan. The Office of Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) which keeps an eye over the threats across the world, and which serves as the principal advisor to the President of the US on intelligence issues, has submitted the annual report to the President, Joe Biden.
The agency has speculated a crisis between India and Pakistan which will ascend and escalate to a risking position, however, ruled out war between the two nuclear powered rival countries.
“Although a general war between India and Pakistan is unlikely, crises between the two are likely to become more intense, risking an escalatory cycle. Under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, India is more likely than in the past to respond with military force to perceived or real Pakistani provocations, and heightened tensions raise the risk of conflict between the two nuclear-armed neighbors, with violent unrest in Kashmir or a militant attack in India being potential flashpoints,” stated the report by ODNI, quoted ANI.
India and Pakistan have a history of 4 wars against each other, in which India has given befitting replies to Pakistan and made them in grievous losses for its browbeating act. New Delhi has also executed a couple of surgical strikes, one in 2016 and another as an air strike in 2019 in response to adventurous terror attacks by Pakistan on Indian soil. The country has warned Pakistan that talks and terror cannot work simultaneously with India, which has lowered the aggressive act of Pakistan towards India.
Recently, the two countries have attended the meeting of Permanent Indus Commission (PIC) which took place after a gap of two-and-half years. The Director Generals of Military Operations (DGMOs) of two nuclear-armed neighbors, in February 2021, have come to a consensus over strict observance of ceasefire. Expressing a softer tone towards India, the Army Chief of Pakistan, Jawed Qamar Bajwa, has said that it is time to forget the past and move forward.
(With inputs from News Agency ANI)