Upping the ante in Kashmir

September 18, 2008

Is New Delhi sending a signal to Pakistan by deploying its top strike warplanes in the Kashmir region?

It could just be a routine move to help pilots operate the nuclear-capable Su-30 aircraft  , codenamed Flanker by NATO, in another environment, but the timing is intriguing.

Indian air force Su-30 planes 

Ties between India and Pakistan have been fraught in recent months beginning with the breach of a five-year ceasefire on the Line of Control in Kashmir, the Indian embassy attack in Kabul in July and then bombs in Indian cities including New Delhi last weekend.

There is also trouble inside Kashmir with huge protests against Indian rule, further testing ties.

So why would New Delhi chose this moment to move a few of Su-30s forward from their base in Pune in western India ?

Indian analyst  Major General Ashok Mehta says this was a message to Pakistan to keep its hands off Kashmir.

Some people are reading an even deeper meaning. Stratfor says that besides reminding Pakistan of its superior air power, the Indians are sending Islamabad a message that continued Islamist support to Islamist militant proxies in India will not go unanswered. The Association of Intelligence Professionals says New Delhi may have run out of patience.

A part of the Srinagar-Leh highway

Does that sound familiar? Almost echoing what the United States is telling the Pakistans on the western border that any more support for militants operating in Afghanistan would be severely dealt with, which in any case they have begun to do.

So is this the pincer movement that some in Pakistan have long feared ? A strategic encirclement with a restless America on its western border and India flexing its muscles in the east?

“By sending half a dozen Sukhois to the Pakistani border, India may be hinting that it can choose to launch cross-border raids across the Line of Control in Kashmir while the United States is busy pounding jihadist targets inside Pakistani territory in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas, thereby putting Pakistan in a most uncomfortable spot,” says Stratfor.

Comments

As usual India is again fearful of Pakistan, merely deploying six Russian made combat air craft makes no difference to Pakistan. Pakistan Air Force is ever ready to engage any intruder, in 1999 Pakistani air defence shot down two MIGs with SAM(Surface to Air Missiles) ANZA MK1/MK2.
Pakistan Air Force is equipped with F-16s fighting falcons and the flight from Sargodha Air base to Sri Nagar is only a matter of minutes. Yet, the JF-17 thunders are already part of PAF strike force.
India should rather work to settle Kashmir dispute, the people of Kashmir have clearly sent a message that enough is enough and Freedom is their destiny.

Posted by Umair Malik | Report as abusive
 

Umair Malik
DUCK! the Drones are coming,

Posted by Indian | Report as abusive
 

Damn care about them, they are Americans. Wait for the moment an Indian drone tries to cross the Pakistani air space, it will be blown into smithereens.

Posted by Umair Malik | Report as abusive
 

A cheap Indian tactic to make Pakistan nervous. With increased vigilance, Pakistan remains undeterred.

Posted by Ali | Report as abusive
 

Bismillah-E-Rehman-E-Rahim, Sab Hindu bhaiyo ko bhi Ram-Ram,

Terrorists O Terrorists,

WHY DONT YOU LEAVE WE MOSLEMS PEACEFULLY WITH HINDUS TOGETHER. IF YOU HAVE PROBLEMS IN KASHMIR. SETTLE IT THERE. DONT COME HERE. YOUR BOMB BLASTS CREATE PANIC AND FEAR IN DELHI MOSLEMS.

HOW LONG HINDUS WILL BE PATIENT ? THEY ARE ALSO HUMANBEING. IF WE KILL A BUFFALO, EVEN HE TRIES TO ESCAPE AND FIGHT. IF HINDUS STARTED FIGHTING ALONGWITH POLICE AND ARMY THEN ?

FOR ALLAH’S SAKE, LEAVE US.

YOU EYE ABOUT HINDUSTAN, WE WILL LIKE TO SAY –

PAKISTAN TUMHARI MA*UT AAY*E..
HINDUSTAN KE DUSHMANO TUMHARI MA*UT AAY*E..
ANTAKWADIYO TUMHARI MA*UT AAY*E..
PYAR, BHAICHARA, SHANTI AUR ALLAH KE DUSHMANO TUMHARI MAU*T AAY*E..

insallah humari fatah aur hindustan ke dushmano ki shikast hogi !!!

Allah hafij

Julfikar Ali on behalf of all Delhi Muslims
Muzlis-E-Islam
New Delhi

 

Move is just to train more pilots to fly in rough weather. DOnt think when Indian army decided to step in they will wait at pakistani door step and wait for their invitation to enter.
I would urge Indian govt to stop scarring pakistani people with expensive fighter planes.All you need to do to take care of pakistan is allow every indian citizen to travel to border and pee down the valley towards pakistan, which is enough to washout pakistan.

Posted by Om | Report as abusive
 

India has truly shown what kind of a neighbour it is in this testing time for Pakistan by cutting off the water supply and deploying warplanes in Kashmir (with Kashmiris still denied the right to self determination after 60 years in the world’s biggest democracy?)

What is more depressing is that the Indian state remains obsessed with flexing its muscles against a much smaller country rather then 100s of millions living in abject poverty within it’s own borders.

This is the chance for India, which I am sure will not be taken, to prove to it’s neighbour that it is not a trouble maker.

Posted by Syed | Report as abusive
 

what an idiotic article based on the thinking that whatever India does is logical and whatever Pakistan does is wrong.
part of campaign against pakistan

Posted by naseer | Report as abusive
 

“This is the chance for India, which I am sure will not be taken, to prove to it’s neighbour that it is not a trouble maker”

Yeah Right !!!!! After trying your best to spread terrorism in both India and Afghanistan, you have the nerve to call us the trouble maker. It’s poetic justice that your own terroists have turned against you. And even in the face of terror, your army and ISI continue to support these islamists, just to use them against India and Afghanistan. You guys are getting what you deserved.

As for Kashmir’s right to self determination, Kashmiris stood by as hundreds of thousands of Kashmiri Hindus were driven away from their homes in Kashmir. Till the last one of them returns to his/her home, no Indian will support any reduction of troops or special rights for Kashmir. India has the will and the ability to hold on to Kashmir long after Pakistan has disintegrated (which should happen soon imho). Keep dreaming.

Posted by Indian 2 | Report as abusive
 

Well said Julfikar Ali … all Indians agree with you completely irrespective of their religion !!!!!!

Posted by Indian 2 | Report as abusive
 

India tried its hardest to disintegrate pakistan but failed in over 60years

 

Mr. MAJID-UK …Pakistan was broken into 2 in 1971…how many times do we have to keep breaking pakistan…someday it will be jst as small as vatican city with a mulla as its PM..heheh

Posted by Joss | Report as abusive
 

If you did break Pakistan into 2, what u got two Pakistans, one in east and other in west it doesnt matter if the name is Bangladesh… And one more thing for you Hindus of whole India (One Billion) even a hundred Muslims are enough….

So Keep dreaming about Akhund Bharat….. I think u forgot the centuries we ruled you…

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