Indian Planes in Pakistani Airspace: Pressure Tactics?

Posted on December 13, 2008
Filed Under >Owais Mughal, Foreign Relations, Politics
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Owais Mughal

I hope that sanity returns soon to the sub-continent and hawkish talk (and now action) of war mongering does not get out of hand. It is all too easy for things to escalate. It is never easy for them to be brought back into control once they have done so.

In what seems to be a case of military provocation and pressure tactics against Pakistan, Indian planes violated Pakistani airspace yesterday. Even though the violations have been officially termed as ‘inadvertent’, two border violations on the same day are a little too much. It will be interesting to see whether international community says anything against these violations or remains silent spectator.

According to latest Dawn update:

ISLAMABAD, Dec 13: Indian planes violated Pakistan’s airspace on Saturday, but fighters of the Pakistan Air Force chased them away, military as well as civilian officials confirmed late in the night.

Air Commodre Humayun Viqar Zephyr, a PAF spokesman, told Dawn that the Indian planes intruded into Pakistan’s airspace in Azad Kashmir and Lahore sectors, but left as soon as they sighted the PAF jets.

He said there was no cause for concern as the PAF was “fully alive to the situation and capable of giving a befitting reply in case of a misadventure”.

Official sources said President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani were immediately informed about the incident and the matter was taken up with the Indian authorities.

Information Minister Sherry Rehman confirmed that Islamabad had got in touch with authorities in New Delhi, implicitly conceding that the violation did take place. But she hastened to add that Indians had done it inadvertently

From Pakistani side, I am heartened to read the messages of unity where both Government and opposition leaders have put aside their petty differences and unequivocally condemned this act of aggression.

Lets see what effects such violations will have. Will Pakistan now move its armed forces towards Indian border leaving the western border less guarded? With the Pakistani border on both the West and the East being violated routinely, something will have to give? But what? Who will win in such situation? How will such acts effect the democratic government in Pakistan?

Will good sense prevail and will diplomacy prevail over aggression? I certainly hope it does.

58 responses to “Indian Planes in Pakistani Airspace: Pressure Tactics?”

  1. Nawaz says:

    I just hope that better sense will prevail and this nonsense blame game will end

  2. Babar says:

    @ Meengla
    My contentions are based on simple cost based analysis. I am all for strong conventional defence. Cause it is nonetheless much more cost effective (in terms of burden on economy, human lives etc. etc.) than being occupied and fighting in the streets. But in case of nukes the same balance is overwhelmingly tilted towards fighting in the streets.

  3. meengla says:

    I fully agree with your contention about Pakistan to NEVER use the nukes against India. Admiteddly, at one point I thought that, should Lahore or some other major cities be about to be taken up then a ‘small’ and ‘tactical’ nuke could be used on advancing Indian army. But I don’t subscribe to that anymore.

    Coming back to this topic.

    As expected, no one can be sure if India actually did violate Pakistan’s airspace. My educated -guess- is that India did. I also think that, having some Westerners (especially the high profile killing of Israelis) killed may have actually emboldened India to make the ‘surgical strike’. The Israeli Army Chief was officially reported in Kashmir in recent days and so dots have to connect.

    We Pakistanis should really, really, REALLY purge overselves of the so-called Mujahideen even in the event of a war against India.

    PS. Sorry for this disjointed post. I am having problem connecting the dots because I am finding it hard to focus on the canvas as the ‘fog of war’ engulfs us…

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