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Amidst heightened Tension: Indian and Pakistan

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The prevalent situation pertaining to the Indo-Pak intensity of Adversarial continued to attract the peaceful minds worldwide. In fact, given the extra regional powers stakes in South Asia, Chinese economic, diplomatic and strategic engagements in the literals of Arabian Sea and nuclear India and Pakistan with escalatory confrontation are the factors which demand the men of responsibilities to utilize their sincerer efforts for the peace and stability of the world.

In fact, the end of February corroborates the reality of adversarial relations between India and Pakistan when the two sides intensively confronted each other in the wake of Pulwama incident. It will not be wrong if analysts assume that the heightened intensity still keeps on vigor mainly because of the recent few proclamations. 1. UN secretary General stressed on the normalization and urged both India and Pakistan to calm down the temperament and ensure stability in the region. 2. PM I. Khan invited India to work for peace. 3. Fawad Chaudhry disclosed that India was engaged in projecting inflammatory war hysteria. 4. DG ISPR Asif Ghafoor reiterated the usage of both resolve and deterrent capability for befitting response if war is waged.

Definitely, the regional stability and peace seem directionless in the wake of the present stand-off. There are diversified features that rational analysts must keep in observation during the recent escalatory incursions.

The recent standoff has proved the intact deterrence stability on one hand and indicated the likely limited escalation in South Asia on the other until the Kashmir dispute remains to be solved.

Strategically, it stands obvious that strength and firmness in the wake of both conventional and unconventional military prowess ensures stability and limits the confrontations from taking form of full-scale escalation. Secondly, Pakistan emerges as competent in the security competition in the region. The recent war like scenario has also unveiled that Pakistani policy making junta have remained vigilant and insightful who materialized their strategic acumen in form of making their country unconquerable instead its engagements in the constant chaotic situation along its western frontiers. That is the reason why Pakistan Air force proved an unparalleled force in its dog fighting against Indian Air force. This has inevitability deterred the tension to escalate further till the date.

Diplomatically, Pakistan has proved its resolve towards peace and stability by contacting frequently for dialogue and negotiation enclosed with adequate step to release captured pilot of India. Importantly, the international community had realized the importance of the said Pakistani pursuit and commended it as the hallmark for the global stability. It has pacified the negatively propagated image of Pakistan worldwide.

Predicting the upcoming scenario, there are further many factors to be viewed. First, the recent air battle has undermined the Indian prestige and altered it from capability into bluff. Therefore, restoring prestige and materializing capability is mandatory for Indian hegemonic policy New Delhi develops since its inception in 1947. Thus, retaliatory maneuver would remain a robust part of Indian policies. That is why the strategic milieu is intense and does not seem conducive for normalization.

Secondly, the extra regional stake holders are reported to be involved in the current stand-off. They observe their interest at stake in the current escalation specifically in wake of Indian fighters destroyed sorties. Rationally, the ensured protection of their national interest is a remarkable part of their military strategy. Thus, they would not allow keeping the milieu calm. Ultimately, the conflict would enter in the uncontrollable phase in the days to come.

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