India’s decision to abrogate the provisions of Article 370 thereby nullifying the special status accorded to Jammu and Kashmir has got Pakistan in a tizzy. Asif Ghafoor, the spokesperson of Pakistan Army posted an incoherent, seemingly drunken tweet last night proclaiming that Pakistan is going to “take Kashmir back”.
It’s not over. It won’t be until just struggle of our Kashmiris succeeds. It will IA succeed. We will go to any extent to let them have their right to self determination. An illegal paper annexation won’t deter anyone of us. Revoking in essence gives occupied status 1947-48.
— Asif Ghafoor (@peaceforchange) August 6, 2019
Asif Ghafoor tweeted that ‘it is not over’ in Kashmir. While the grammar of the rest of the tweet makes it slightly difficult to understand, he seems to be saying that “it won’t be over” till the “struggle of Kashmiris succeed”. ‘IA’, by the way, stands for InshaAllah not Indian Airlines (which is now Air India, but Pakistan is stuck in 90s) or any such thing which could be *cough* hijacked *cough*. It may appear like it is a typo, but Ghafoor just abbreviated InshaAllah.
Further, Asif Ghafoor says that Pakistan will go to “any extent” to let Kashmir have its right of self determination.
This grandstanding by Asif Ghafoor comes right after Pakistan and its Prime Minister have found sometime after deciding on issues of national importance such as the national price of Roti and Naan.
Interestingly, while Asif Ghafoor grandstands, Pakistan is comtemplating shutting their airspace for Indian carriers yet again fearing another Balakot like aerial offensive by India. Asif Ghafoor, right after Balakot had claimed that India had only managed to burn down a few trees.
Pakistani commentator and security analyst F. Jeffery had recently tweeted that Pakistan was planning a massive excercise in sub-conventional warfare and was planning to adopt the policy of ‘bleed India with a million cuts’. In simpler words, Pakistan is planning to raise the level of terror it exports to India.
Source tells me Pakistan is planning a massive asymmetric warfare campaign against India. If decades ago Pakistan introduced the policy of “bleeding India through a thousand cuts”, this would be bleeding India through a million cuts. https://t.co/buCOGpY20S
— F. Jeffery (@Natsecjeff) August 6, 2019
Jeffery may as well be bang on target considereing the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Imran Khan himself has threatened India with another Pulwama like attack recently.
What Pakistan is perhaps miscalculating is that fact that India is not the same anymore. Recently, the political ruling class has ensured that the answer for one cut that bleeds India is that of giving Pakistan a bloody. India’s stand on Kashmir and the abrogation of special status to Jammy and Kashmir has been welcomed by most countries across the globe. Even the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has asserted that this is an internal matter for India. While China, who tried to express ‘concerns’ was told off by India in the strongest words possible.
With the global isolation faced by Pakistan, any retaliatory measure by India is unlikely to get any blowback from the world community.