Hovering of war clouds

A flutter has been created among all political parties in the country following the central government withdrawing the special status granted to Jammu & Kashmir under Article 35A and 370.

A new bill to reorganise the Jammu & Kashmir state was tabled in the parliament. The government also took precautionary measures in Jammu & Kashmir by deploying troops of the Indian Army and keeping the army and air force on high alert. Curfew was promulgated under section 144.

The repeal of special status to Jammu & Kashmir has spited Pakistan which immediately convened its parliament and debated on the repeal of the special status of Jammu & Kashmir.

Prime Minister Imran Khan on Tuesday expressed apprehension that Pulwama-like attacks can follow the revocation of the special status for Jammu and Kashmir, which could trigger a conventional war between Pakistan and India.

“This will be a war that no one will win and the implications will be global,” he warned while addressing a rare joint sitting of Parliament that was convened to discuss the Kashmir situation, a day after the Indian government revoked Article 370 which gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir.

Prime Minister Khan explained how the war-like scenario could erupt in the middle of the current tensions between the two nuclear-armed neighbours.  Khan said with this approach, “attacks like Pulwama are bound to happen again. I can already predict this will happen.

They will attempt to place the blame on us again. They may strike us again, and we will strike back.”  “What will happen then?… who will win that war? No one will win it and it will have grievous consequences for the entire world. This is not nuclear blackmail,” Khan told the members.

The tone and tenor of his speech appeared like a threat to India and it also appeared that Pakistan is ready to wage a war with India.  But India is in no way inferior to Pakistan when it comes to military might. India is far more mighty than Pakistan in terms of its defence forces and war equipment.

India has deployed army in Jammu & Kashmir in order to maintain peace and to prevent any untoward incidents in the border state.  A tight vigil is being maintained along the line of control to thwart any attempt by terrorists to intrude into Jammu & Kashmir. Nearly one lakh troops have been deployed in the valley.

When India wanted to solve its border issue through bilateral talks Pakistan did not give any guarantee. India has also asserted that peace talks cannot be held unless Pakistan gave up its terror tactics.

Now there is a marked change in the situation following the abrogation of Article 35A and 370 and it has prodded Pakistan. Going by the speech of Imran in Pakistan parliament one is apprehensive of war clouds gathering over Kashmir.

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