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Towards Détente: Bloc 2

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Recently, a mile-stone of self-dependence has been crossed when Prime Minister Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif participated in an inaugural ceremony, held at PAC Kamra for launching the serial production of the new version of JF 17 Thunder bloc 2. The planned numbers of the bloc 2 will be completed until 2016 as PAF sources confirmed. In a country whose fortune is patently propagated all over the world as declining, the aperture of 4.5-generation multi-role fighter for sake of solidifying national citadel is really a paragon of excellence and a beam of hope for a moribund community.

In the entire human history bunch of examples can be taken in an effort to project that segregation laced with merciless sufferings plays the role of driving force for a national boom. The sufferers of ww2 have made miracles in the field of research and development. They surpassed and left behind the rest of the world in introducing the state-of-the-art technologies and prominently stand largest regarding production of variety of machines. Japan and Germany are the prime examples.

No doubt, Pakistan confronts a swamp-like situation owing to the security, energy, and economic state of circumstances; however the praise-worthy strides have been made for pursuit of national security, dignity, and the boosted morale. Rhetorically, preparedness for war and making the national defense citadel impervious discourages aggression and ensures stability where the states interact as hostile. Bloc 2 is said to have been inducted with new features; increased engine performance, much weaponry carriage, enhanced range of weapons, and the sophisticated electronic-warfare.

With the said additions, it candidly boosts the deterrence in South Asian region. This is an inventory that increases not only the hope and morale but also averts the fear of being invaded from the eastern frontiers. If fears of committing suicidal acts due to nuclear bombs in wake of aggression or military stand-off are developed, both India and Pakistan should be more realistic in preventing intense situation leading to escalation.

Unhappily, the history of post-nuclearization in south Asia reveals that both countries though remain reluctant to the full-fledged war, yet are equally apathetic towards making marches for normalized relations. The only difference an analyst fathoms is to avert concentration from being offensive to engagements in proxy-wars and slandering each other in the respective areas of influences. In this sane tendency, India is much aggressive vs Pakistan.  

Hereafter, the idea of normalization grips more pertinence. In fact, there are more chances of confrontation when the two sides respectively engage in the abhorred chores and proxy as several times it happened. Afterward, the top leaderships take initiatives and try their best to heighten the intensity. In the same way, such occurrences in cycle time and again take place, following the similar options for reducing the occurring tensions.

Therefore, it is rationale behavior the two states display if they quench the hostility and candidly take a solid march towards normalized relations and take initiatives for peaceful living. Under the scenario, the mega-money being spent on the huge defense complex can be saved for economic boom.

Currently, Mian Shehbaz Sharif on is visit December 14, 2013, to the Eastern Punjab was right in his statement that both countries should be ardent for making the region as economic hub. Nonetheless, it has relevance only when the threat perception-based policies are ceased to be formulated. Thence, the Indians have to work more for the normalization. In fact, the Indians have played a negative role for making Pakistan disintegrated in 1971.

Ifs and buts are unlikely to be accepted on part of New Delhi due to the said sad fact and also the solid proofs for Indian involvement in FATA as well as Baluchistan-based insurgencies. The near past also divulges that India is not avoid-ant from undertaking offensive chores against its western neighbor. The illegal construction on the Jhelum and Chenab is obviously aimed at inflicting harms to Pakistani agriculture. Thus, the sequence of interference originate from the Indian side as their hands are red for segregating Pakistan's territorial integrity as well as its economic interests as above-mentioned.

If not, the relevance of the military assets such as JF 17 thunder bloc 2 for making peace is a great pace PAF has achieved. It will guarantee Islamabad's capability for weapons delivery, ensuring the capability as credibility. In the post-nuclearization era, the two sides faithfully started confidence-building measures (CBM) aimed at tackling the issues that could derail the peace of the region in future. At certain levels the dialogues should occasionally be held in order to give out the solutions for the controversial issues such as Circrik, Siachine, and controversial construction on Pakistani rivers in accordance with Indus basin Treaty of 1960.

These will only be fruitful when the misunderstanding and mistrust are averted. Otherwise, the solution to bringing stability and peace in the region is the defensive achievements that every nation realistically is bound to made. On the part of Pakistani external security, there is a complex situation particularly when it is simultaneously besieged from two sides, the western as well as the eastern borders. The strong defense is the only long-term strategy that is guarantor of national defense.

The history of adversarial relations between India and Pakistan witnesses the invasion against Pakistan whenever it lacked in the strong defense punch. Nonetheless, the nuclear build-up has ensured the punch and no major war is seen to be fought afterward. This is what the strength makes possible.

To wind up, Pakistan's efforts for making defense impenetrable is really worth mentioning. The self-dependency in defense production such JF.17 bloc 2 with enhanced features including nuclear delivery, electronic warfare, and aerial refueling will play a concrete role in regional peace and tranquility.

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