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Exchange of Bravado

Pakistan army chief General Raheel Sharif has warned India of “unbearable damage” if it tried to impose a short or long war on his country. For all we know this is sheer rhetoric, a kind of bravado army chiefs use to cheer up their boys at a gathering of importance. General Raheel was addressing a special event organised by Pakistan army at its headquarters in Rawalpindi on Sunday to mark the 50th anniversary of the 1965 War with India. In certain sections in India, his remarks were seen as a “pointed response” to a statement by Indian army chief General Dalbir Singh Suhag last week that Indian army was prepared for “swift, short nature of future wars”. “Armed forces of Pakistan are fully capable of dealing with all types of internal and external threats, may it be conventional or sub-conventional; whether it is cold start or hot start. We are ready,” said General Raheel. General Suhag too had obviously spoken to his men what his men wanted to hear. It might do better to peoples of both countries to dismiss the remarks of the two army generals as rhetoric. However, we cannot ignore the various provocations Pakistan has been indulging in during the recent months in order to draw the attention of the international community to the “Kashmir dispute”. India has not played into Pakistan’s hands, because it does not want any international intervention to resolve the “Kashmir dispute”. It would be therefore too far-fetched to think India would try to test the ability of General Suhag’s army for “swift, short nature of future wars” on Pakistan.

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