From making biting remarks against India at the United Nations, to brazenly violating the sanctity of the Line of Control every now and then, the hostility between India and Pakistan is taking dangerous proportions with each passing day.
Many believe India and Pakistan need one full-scale war to end all debate on Kashmir, to finally put to rest the animosity that has lingered, and grown in nature, ever since Pakistan carved itself out. Peace talks are no longer helpful, but neither side is willing to accept reality as the only option left would be war, and no one wants it. On their own, neither Pakistan will surrender the ‘Azad Kashmir’, which India calls ‘Pak-occupied Kashmir, nor will India let it go.
The aftermath of the 26/11 terrorist strike, orchestrated by Lashkar-e-Taiba on Mumbai, has been the strongest trigger in over 50 years, and could have resulted in a war-like situation. This is how…
India was seething. 10 Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorists carried out a series of 12 coordinated shooting and bombing attacks in Mumbai, leaving 164 dead. Ajmal Kasab, the only terrorist to be caught alive, now dead, confessed and revealed Pakistan’s hand. India may well have been planning a counter-attack, or simply hoping the world will punish Pakistan, through sanctions and other means.
Influential Presidential candidate, US senator John McCain, immediately landed in India and met the Government and discussed the attack, and its repercussions. What transpired behind closed doors, we don’t know since nothing was made public as it was a back channel talk. But what McCain took with him to Pakistan, next, was as unthinkable as it was outrageous!
He proposed to the Pakistan foreign minister, Khurshid Mahmood Kasuri, that they should allow India to make a limited strike on the Lashkar-e-Taiba headquarters in Muridke in order to avoid a full-scale war that would have left Pakistan damaged. He conveyed the feeling of outrage in India, the fear that things would escalate dramatically unless something was done to release the pressure on India to react. If they tolerated a limited air strike on Lashkar hideouts, an all out war could be prevented.
Pakistan hit back at the idea, saying: All hell would break lose if India attempted anything of this sort!” Khurshid Mahmood Kasuri revealed the secret back-channel talks in an interview to Barkha Dutt of NDTV.
The Indian Government has categorically denied contemplating any counter attack, and it’s entirely believable, considering India has been such a soft State, mostly to its own detriment. It’s tough to imagine India planning a la Abbottabad attack on Osama bin laden, carried out by US.
No one will ever know the reality for sure. It is better that way…