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India needs to invest in securing its Strategic Installations and make it exceedingly difficult for Pakistan to Attack: Sumit Ganguly

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Indian soldiers are seen outside an army camp at Nagrota, in the outskirts of Jammu, Nov. 29, 2016. VOA

New Delhi, Dec 23, 2016: Noted expert on Pakistan Sumit Ganguly on Thursday said India needs to invest in securing its strategic installations. He also said that India needs to make it exceedingly difficult for Pakistan to launch as attack.

Speaking on the probable Indian strategy to deal with Pakistan, Ganguly suggested strategy of deterrence by denial whereby making it exceedingly difficult for them to attack targets.

This is not a perfect strategy because no strategy of denial can be foolproof, he added.

He said this strategy has been attempted by India but in a half-hearted and idiosyncratic manner.

“It needs to be implemented in far more full-blown fashion and thereby make Pakistan realise the futility of this enterprise over the long-term,” Ganguly added.

He suggested ‘strategy of deterrence by punishment’ to India and said, “Any time Pakistan provokes, be prepared to exact a cost. To inflict pain on Pakistan as was done quiet recently and to remind Pakistan that behaviour of this sort is intolerable and that a cost will be inflicted…”

Ganguly cautioned that this strategy comes with limitations “as one does not know the exact threshold by which Pakistan will begin using the nuclear blackmail”.

Sumit Ganguly, Professor at Indiana University, USA, has recently published a book titled “Deadly Impasse: Indo-Pakistani Relations at the Dawn of a New Century”.

He was delivering a public lecture on ‘Terminating the Interminable: Ending the India-Pakistan Rivalry?’ organised by Nehru Memorial Library and Museum.

Rejecting the cultural diplomacy and people to people contact as a way to deal with Pakistan, he said: “There are limits to cultural exchanges and the flow of people and ideas that the military is likely to permit.”

“So, I doubt that this soft power and deployment of cultural resources somehow melt the extraordinary grasp that the military still has over the state,” he added.

–IANS

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India Says Pakistan’s Links with Pulwama Attack Clear For All to See

He said while there are claims to offer dialogue from Pakistan, it continues to shelter terror outfits

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"The most favoured nation status which has been granted to Pakistan stands withdrawn.", says Jaitley. Pixabay

India has rejected Pakistan Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua’s claims denying her country’s links to the Pulwama terror attack, saying that JeM, which claimed responsibility for the attack on Thursday, is based in Pakistan, and the “links are clear and evident and for all to see”.

The External Affairs Ministry spokesperson on Friday termed as “preposterous” the demand for an investigation, saying there is a video of the suicide bomber declaring himself a member of the terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM).

The spokesperson said India has not seen any constructive approach from Pakistan on bilateral relations and it has been sheltering terrorists and terror organisations such as JeM. He said Islamabad has not taken any action against such groups despite international demands.

India also demanded that Pakistan take immediate and verifiable action against terrorists and terror groups operating from territories under its control to create a conducive atmosphere in the region free of terror.

The spokesperson’s response came over Pakistan Foreign Secretary’s briefing rejecting Pakistan’s involvement in the terror attack on a paramilitary convoy in Jammu and Kashmir that killed at least 45 troopers. Janjua met envoys of P-5 countries late on Friday.

The spokesperson said JeM has claimed responsibility for the attack.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement that the attack was a matter of “grave concern” and it had been condemning “heightened acts of violence in the (Kashmir) Valley”. Pixabay

“The organisation and its leadership are located in Pakistan. LeT and other terror groups have welcomed the news of the attack. These groups are also based in Pakistan. Pakistan cannot claim that it is unaware of their presence and their activities.

“They have not taken any action against these groups despite international demands, especially against groups and individuals proscribed by the UN and other countries. The links to Pakistan are clear and evident for all to see. Its own Ministers have shared the same podium with UN proscribed terrorists,” the spokesperson said.

He said there was audio-visual material linking JeM to the terror attack.

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“The demand for an investigation is preposterous when there is a video of the suicide bomber declaring himself a member of the JeM. There are also other audio-visual and print material linking JeM to the terrorist attack. We have therefore no doubt that the claim is firmly established,” the spokesperson said.

He said while there are claims to offer dialogue from Pakistan, it continues to shelter terror outfits.

“We have not seen any constructive approach from Pakistan on relations with India. What we have noticed however, are claims to offer dialogue on the one hand, while sponsoring and sheltering terrorists and terrorist organisations such as JeM on the other,” the spokesperson added. (IANS)