South Asia and Beyond

‘India Must Fine Tune A Range Of Options To Respond To Pakistani Terror Strikes’

NEW DELHI: An India Pakistan war on the size and scale of what happened in 1971 that led to the liberation of former East Pakistan now Bangladesh, is unlikely. In this conversation on The Gist, Dr. Manpreet Sethi argues that Islamabad’s acquisition of nuclear weapons deterred India from crossing the Line of Control during the Kargil conflict.

So then how does India deter Pakistan or inflict punishment on it for terror strikes?

India has carried out ground based surgical strikes on terror camps in Pak Occupied Kashmir, she pointed out. There was also the air strike on terror camps in Balakot. But going forward, India will have to flesh out new other ways to inflict punishment for Pakistani transgressions. Ideally, she said, such responses should combine the military with the diplomatic and include a range of non-kinetic measures.

Tune in for more in this chat with Dr. Manpreet Sethi, in the last of our series on The Gist this year. Back with you early in the new year. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

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