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A new strategy toward Pakistan, it was supposed to be auguring — our strikes on the LoC 10 days ago. The doctrine of ‘jaw for tooth’ by a ‘New India’ was supposed to compel Pakistan to realise India has a ‘different leader’. But fundamental questions remain unasked.  
 

Pakistan, isolated regionally and ignored internationally, is undergoing some soul-searching with friction reported between the civilian and military establishment over policy towards jehadis and lack of success in implementing the counter-terrorism plan. 

 

The last thing Pakistan wants is a war or even a declaration of war, a long time Pakistan watcher said.

 

Taking exception to the recent developments between India and Pakistan following the terrorist attack in Uri where 18 Indian soldiers were killed, Nepal, as the Chair of SAARC, issued a third statement on Sunday (October 2) calling all member states to create conducive regional environment for the Saarc Summit.

 

Nepal, the present chair of SAARC, said that the Summit cannot take place even if one member country notifies of its inability to participate the event.

 
Indian Army Thursday annoucned they had conducted "surgical stirkes" across the Line of Control (de facto ceasefire line) in Jammu and Kashmir between India and Pakistan,  in which they neutralised "launch pads" of Pakistan-based terrorists who were, according to intelligence reports, were planning a strike on Indian soil.  
 

Pakistan was dealt a big blow to its aspiration of being a regional leader when three countries - Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Bhutan - followed India's lead to pull out of the SAARC regional summit slated for Islamabad in the last week of November.

 

India's External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Monday gave a strong riposte to Pakistan at the UN General Assembly, asking Islamabad to "abandon this dream" of using terror to "obtain territory it covets."

 

In his first public address after the terror strike on the Uri army camp that left 18 soldiers dead and 20 injured, Prime Minister Narendra Modi called upon Pakistan to compete and fight not in war but in a  common battle to end poverty and illiteracy. Although he said "we will not forget Uri", Modi seemed to advise what one commentator called 'strategic restraint' instead of endorsing the line "for a tooth the entire jaw" advocated by some of his party colleagues.

 

Pakistan's campaign on Kashmir at the UN has fallen flat and Islamabad has been isolated in a world focused on the horrors of terror.

 


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