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Ex-diplomat on India escalating situation if pilot Abhinandan was not retuned

Former Excessive Commissioner to Pakistan Ajay Bisaria. ANI

Former Excessive Commissioner to Pakistan Ajay Bisaria on Tuesday stated that proper after Pulwama assault when India had taken motion in Balakot, the message to Pakistan was loud and clear that if it doesn’t return Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman India will escalate the scenario.

Varthaman (now Group Captain) downed a Pakistani jet on 27 February, 2019, earlier than his MiG 21 Bison jet was hit in a dogfight.

Pakistan had launched the retaliation for the Balakot airstrikes a day earlier than. Varthaman was captured by the Pakistani Military and was launched two days later.

Chatting with ANI information company about his upcoming guide Anger Administration: The Troubled Diplomatic Relationship Between India and Pakistan , Bisaria, who was serving as Indian Excessive Commissioner to Islamabad throughout that interval, stated, “Right after the Pulwama attack, I came to India and I was part of the team which was monitoring the situation and dealing with it. The message that was going to Pakistan at that point was very clear that India was going to escalate the situation, in case the pilot was not returned. From all that we heard from Pakistan and all the conversations that we had, we were confident that the pilot would be returned because the consequences would have been serious and this was a message that went loud and clear to Pakistan’s system and Pakistan then reacted….”

Bisaria stated in his guide he has given an account of coercive diplomacy which adopted after India had taken motion in Balakot and subsequent motion by Pakistan, on account of which Abhinandan was captured.

“I’ve tried to present an account of the coercive diplomacy that took place after that, to get the pilot back. There was a very credible threat of force and use of nine missiles…Pakistan made the choice of returning the pilot, not wanting to escalate that conflict. In trying to de-escalate the situation, the Prime Minister of Pakistan attempted to call the Prime Minister of India. The Pakistani PM then felt obliged to take a decision because the threat of force was very credible to return the pilot in order not to escalate the situation…,” added Bisaria.

Referring to 2008 Mumbai 26/11 Mumbai assaults, Bisaria stated again then India ought to have responded with an analogous motion that it lastly gave in 2016 and 2019 with the surgical strikes and airstrikes and ache that India suffered in Punjab and Kashmir may have been lessened if India had taken laborious energy motion.

“…If you look back today, certainly in 2008, India should have given this response that it finally gave in 2016 and 2019 with the surgical strikes and airstrikes. I think that the terrorism and the pain India suffered in Punjab in the 1980s could have been lessened if India had taken hard power action in the early 90s. The pain that India suffered in Kashmir could have been lessened if the point was made to Pakistan that India would use hard force as a response to meddling in either of these states…,” added Bisaria.

He stated India has lastly discovered a solution within the sub-conventional area to terrorism, as a result of now Pakistan is aware of it has entered its safety paradigms that there could be a robust response to any act of terrorism, whether or not by state actors or non-state actors.

“Therefore, it would know that there would be a cost to any such behaviour and therefore it would modify that behaviour…,” he added.

With inputs from companies

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