February 26, 2021
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Time to act
Indo-Pak border challenges for new government The Indo-Pak situation is very much as it was when Narendra Modi’s icon Atal Behari Vajpayee was the Prime Minister. The past year has been replete with shootings along the Line of Control and infiltrations. It appeared to some Indians that this was because of an arrangement between Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and the military establishment headed by Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif that the Army would have a free hand in Kashmir if the Pakistan Army Inter-Services Intelligence would give the Prime Minister some leeway in trying to bring about a dialogue with the Taliban for an arrangement in Afghanistan after the withdrawal of the US International Security Assistance Force from that country by the end of the year. The Kargil episode which happened during the Vajpayee tenure was analyzed by the Kargil Review Committee headed by the eminent strategist Dr K Subrahmanyam. The committee made some very telling comments on how and why Kargil happened. Some of the reasons listed in that report appear to be extant even today and it needs to be ascertained how Modi will deal with the situation along the western border and the Line of Control. Living in denial The Kargil Review Committee noted the “unsustainability” of the Pakistani operations and underscored the Indian mindset thus: “A number of former Army Chiefs of Staff and Directors General of Military Operations were near unani
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