The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting” as stated by Sun Tzu ring so true especially when you picture the current scenario where two belligerents India and Pakistan are at loggerheads with each other owing to latter’s penchant for using Terrorism as an instrument of state policy. Since the terrorists inflicted grave wounds on the Indian Army soldiers, it was India’s riposte that everyone was looking forward to, much more the Pakistani hawks who are living in nothing but a fool’s paradise.
Pakistan is long been engrossed in a civil war as a result of their continued rendezvous with the Terrorism & their apparent perversion of using it as a state policy & holding it as a hostage to global peace order. But the cover is blown, World with the increasingly fraught environment has realized that supporting Pakistan is feeding Terrorism & hence major global powers have distanced themselves from it, although China still regards it as its all-weather ally but we can understand the devious intentions of China for doing so.
India, on one hand, can afflict serious injuries to Pakistan if she decides to have an all-out blown attack on its northwest frontier or it can swallow this setback & continue marching towards achieving its developmental goals unswervingly & determinedly. India should shed the romanticism of war, which may be, tempting & cloud the judgment of even the most prudent strategist out there. India should realize the ISI hawks in Pakistan are expecting such a reaction, not yielding to their needs will deflate them, for they are losing grip with their own populace. For about 70 years they have been thugging their people with the cry & hue of war with India that underlines the importance of the military in their country and provides them with an indubitable exercise of authority over its civil government. The power politics in Pakistan hinges on this proposition, India denying one such would make them lose their morale, inspire an intellectual churning in Pakistan & hopefully lead to a better environment for sanity to prevail & sustain which would ensue in the crackdown on Terror camps irrespective of their leanings & attaining a stable state of Pakistan.