20 September, 2020

These Backward Glances

Another LoC incident exacts a grisly price. Its possible causes, and ways we can stanch the blood.

These Backward Glances

Cloak And Dagger In Indo-Pak Wars

  • 1947 Pakistan uses regular army personnel with Pathan tribesmen to infiltrate Kashmir, leading India to deploy its own armed forces to throw out the intruders
  • 1965 Pakistan launches Operation Gibraltar to push in its army regulars dressed as mujahideen into Kashmir. An all-out war breaks out when India retaliates and expands it into other theatres.
  • 1971 Attack by Pakistan starts in Kashmir and the western sector before the focus shifts to the eastern sector with the Indian army and the Bangladeshi Mukti Bahini fight and defeat Pakistan, finally leading to the birth of Bangladesh
  • 1999 Pakistan sends in its soldiers dressed as shepherds in Kargil before the Indian army throws out intruders. Evidence of bank passbooks, other documents establish identities of civilian intruders as army regulars.


Weeks after India and Pakistan emerged as two independent...



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