After India’s surgical strike beyond the Line of Control (LoC) on Thursday by the Indian Special Forces, the country is contemplating on using a more diplomatic and economic measure to destroy Pakistan. This has been the stance which Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi wants to capitalize.
In an out of the character display, the Indian army revealed that their elite troops crossed the LoC to enter Pakistan-occupied Kashmir. They then killed several members of the terrorist group who were due to cross the border and attack major cities, according to NDTV.
This charge from the Indian army was the retaliation of the attacks conducted on the army base in Uri in Jammu and Kashmir on September 18, 2016. The attack resulted in 19 soldiers being killed. This was the worst setback which the Indian army suffered in the region for over a decade.
Since the attack, there has been a large outcry from the Indian citizens and media to avenge the death of the 18 soldiers. PM Narendra Modi did not waste any time and used the country’s capital, New Delhi’s rising economic and diplomatic superiority to corner Pakistan. It has to be noted that Pakistan is only one-fifth of India’s size and has an economy which is seven times smaller than its neighbor.
According to an internal source, the Indian government will take a “defensive posture to defensive offence” in the current situation. The country will try to capitalize on Pakistan’s vulnerabilities, which are its economy, internal instability and its worldwide image as a nation which hosts terrorist groups.
The official number for the trade between India and Pakistan stands at $2.6 billion in 2014. However, if the informal numbers are considered, then it goes up to $5 billion. The trade items ranges from jewellery, machineries and textile exports from India through third-party ports in Dubai.
The imports from Pakistan range from dry fruits, spices to cement. It is believed that if there were any interruptions in these trade routes, it would indirectly create a lot of pressure on Pakistan as the majority of their military forces are active on these routes.
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