Ajay Bisaria, India’s former envoy to Pakistan, has issued a stark warning in his new book, “Anger Management: The Troubled Diplomatic Relationship between India and Pakistan.” He claims that Pakistan is aware that any future attack similar to the 2019 Pulwama incident, which killed 40 Indian soldiers, will trigger a much harsher response from India than the Balakot airstrikes.
Bisaria, who served as India’s High Commissioner to Pakistan from 2017 to 2019, believes that the Balakot airstrikes, conducted in response to the Pulwama attack, served as a turning point in India’s approach to Pakistan-sponsored terrorism. He argues that India is now less tolerant of such acts and will not hesitate to escalate the situation if provoked.
According to Bisaria, the Balakot airstrikes forced Pakistan to re-evaluate its strategy of supporting militant groups operating in Kashmir. He believes that Pakistan now recognizes the potential consequences of such actions, including international scrutiny and a harsher Indian response.
Bisaria further highlights that the world is now more aware of Pakistan’s support for these militant groups, making it difficult for them to deny their involvement. This transparency, he argues, increases the risk of escalation in case of another Pulwama-like attack.
Bisaria’s book delves into the complex and often volatile relationship between India and Pakistan, analyzing the historical context, current challenges, and potential pathways for improvement. His insights, based on his firsthand experience as envoy, offer valuable perspectives on the dynamics between the two nations.
While Bisaria’s warning suggests a potentially more cautious approach from Pakistan, the future trajectory of the relationship remains uncertain. Continued dialogue and a genuine commitment to addressing core issues will be crucial in preventing further escalation and building a more stable future for both countries.