India aims to isolate Pakistan diplomatically. Ever since the Uri terror attacks, New Delhi has been making all efforts to corner Pakistan and expose its backing of terror outfits from its own soil.
But General Joseph Votel, Commander of the US Central Command, is of the belief that India’s attempts might make Pakistan use nuclear weapons.
“India’s public policy to ‘diplomatically isolate’ Pakistan, hinders any prospects for improved relations,” General Votel told the Senate Armed Services Committee.
The General acknowledged India’s surgical strikes in Pak-occupied Kashmir (PoK) but said that actions such as these “increase the likelihood for miscalculation by both countries”.
According to the General, isolation attempts and military actions are “troubling as a significant conventional conflict between Pakistan and India could escalate into a nuclear exchange.”
Pakistan has around 130 nuclear warheads; 10 more than India’s. But while New Delhi has ratified the “no first use” policy, Islamabad continues to ignore it. And what is even more concerning is that Pakistan’s ruling establishment openly issues nuclear threats.
Pakistan’s defence minister Khwaja Muhammad Asif has issued such threats twice – first against India and then against Israel.
At the same time the General admitted that Pakistan will have to end granting safe havens to terrorists on its soil for an improved security environment.
He said that though Pakistan has made a few moves, there has not been any permanent action against terrorist groups such as the Haqqani network “which poses the greatest threat” to US-led forces in Afghanistan.
The General is tasked with implementing US military strategy in the Af-Pak region.