25 January, 2021

The Mujahideen's War

If a war broke out between India and Pakistan, it would be of a very different magnitude from those of 1965 or 1971.

The Mujahideen's War

We live in a time of great change, a time of new beginnings. We live in a time when many things are coming to an end,  said John Naisbitt in his book, Global Paradox. But for India and Pakistan, nothing seems to have changed. Bus diplomacy symbolised hope but the Kargil conflict points ominously to a worsening of relations.

The escalation of fighting along the LoC and beyond Kargil is related to the new strategy the Mujahideen have adopted against Indian military forces. The recent airstrikes and deployment of gunships by India are actions taken against the increasing strength of the Mujahideen; but inadvertently, bombs and shells have landed in Pakistan territory. This carries the inherent risk of the conflict expanding into wider dimensions.

It's important not to lose sight of reality: since 1990, the insurgency operations that had an indigenous start in Indian-held Kashmir has seen a constant flow of infiltrators across the LoC. Replying to a question in Indian Parliament in February '99, home minister L.K. Advani said:  As many as 1,008 foreign...



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