Following the Pulwama terror attack, the tensions between nuclear-armed neighbours India and Pakistan are again at its peak. While PM Modi has vowed a “befitting reply” and given Indian security forces “full freedom” to respond, Pakistan has denied any role in the attack and said India is blaming it without any evidence. Amid all this, Pakistani military adopted an aggressive tone, and on February 22 said it is prepared to defend against any attack by India, and would respond with “full force.”
The biggest confirmation of something serious going on between the two countries came from none other than US President Donald Trump. In a press conference, he said the situation between India and Pakistan is “very dangerous” after the Pulwama attack.
The US president told reporters in the Oval Office:
“Right now between Pakistan and India, there is a very, very bad situation. A very dangerous situation. We would like to see it (hostilities) stop. A lot of people were just killed. We want to see it just stop. We are very much involved in that (process).”
“India is looking at something very strong. India just lost almost 50 people in the attack. I can understand that too. We’re talking. A lot of people are. It’s going to be a very, very delicate balance. There is a lot of problems between India and Pakistan because of what just happened.”
India has already launched a diplomatic offensive to isolate Pakistan in the international community for its support to terror groups and cross border terrorism. On February 23, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said, India will exercise all options, diplomatic or otherwise, to win a decisive battle against Pakistan.
COAS visited Line of Control. Reviewed state of preparedness. Lauded high moral of troops.
“Pakistan is a peace loving country but we will not be intimidated or coerced. Any aggression or misadventure shall be paid back in same coin”, COAS. pic.twitter.com/RUpdCzxWeI
— Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor (@OfficialDGISPR) February 22, 2019
Meanwhile, the Centre has sent hundred additional companies of paramilitary forces to the state. A company of soldiers typically consists of between 80 and 150 soldiers. At the same time, separatists Yasin Malik has been arrested by J&K police, followed by dozens of Jamaat-e-Islami separatists, including its chief Abdul Hamid Fayaz, during overnight raids.