After the September 29 surgical strikes, India has hinted Pakistan that the Line of Control (LoC) will hold no meaning if the latter keeps exporting terrorists. With the recent support extended by Pakistan to terrorists, the national capital indicated that it too reserves the right to breach the LoC in pursuit of terrorists, even pre-emptively.
It was cemented with former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf’s January 6,2004 commitment to not allow terrorists to use territory under Pakistani control for attacks against India. The surgical strikes were carried out to ensure that those terrorists launch pads residing and watched over by the Pakistani Army, don’t feel comfortable anymore.
However, another aim was to signal to Pakistan that it would have to adjust to a ‘new normal.’ In the past few years, whenever relations soured between the two countries, diplomatic talks and more talks. However, India has now chosen to violations with surprise and speed. Pakistan did expect an Indian response after the Uri attack and it therefore beefed up its security on the border at different posts. But, India chose altogether different posts to attack.
As India improves its defensive capabilities, it plans to take increasing pre-emptive action against terror.
It is this precise anger that provoked Pakistan to launch infiltration attempts and other ceasefire violations. On Friday night, there were three infiltration attempts in Handwara in J&K. In their conversation last week Pakistani NSA Nasir Janjua talked “de-escalation“ with Ajit Doval, but at the top levels of the Indian government, there is a growing belief that Pakistan could retaliate with a terror attack in the coming weeks, reports TOI.
Now India will watch out for two things- will Pakistan cross the Uri threshold or will it continue its low-intensity attacks.