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Go strike when the iron is hot, US tells India

Mon, Jan 11, 2016, 03:24 PM
India's strategic partner, the US, has given sound advice to nuclear power India to quietly attack Jaishe Muhammad madrasas and those of the other terror outfits in the Occupied Kashmir and finish off the job.

While saying so, White House spokesman John Kirby has emphasized that the outcome of such eventuality is important. Wahsington is happy with the outcome it derived from killing Osama bin Laden virtually under the nose of Islamabad in Pakistan's Army garrison at Abbottabad.

Kirby noted in this connection that Pakistan was running with the hares and hunting with the hounds even at that time. It had condemned Osama bin Laden for the 9/11 incident even as it was sheltering him in the Abbottabad airbase. The paradox of the US action hit Pakistan's Army the hardest, but it had kept its tail between its legs.

A similar action by India is warranted if India could be happy with the outcome. India might hesitate because Islamabad was a nuclear power and the Pakistani Army was rogue and unpredictable. But New Delhi will have to weigh the options thoroughly before a sudden strike option.

Like the US had not given much credibility for Pakistani Army actions against its own home-grown terrorists, India too should not expect much from the ongoing assurances of a probe by Islamabad. In the event, the US went ahead with its Navy Seals bearding bin laden and Pakistan in Abbottabad.

However, the White House spokesman reminded India that it had not much time to lose in the matter. It's immediate near future or never.

At the same time, Kirby pointed out that India had the right to attack terror madrasas in the Occupied Kashmir, which is a disputed territory. Also it could go against Jaishe Muhammad group.

Regardless of Kirby's aggression and ambivalence, New Delhi should do well to keep Governor's rule in Jammu and Kashmir going for some time. It should start giving missives to the Pakistani Ambassador and the Pakistani authorities for quicker action on a daily basis, while keeping the strike option for a convenient time such as the arrival of weapons from Moscow or Paris. It should hone its men and missile arsenal meanwhile. Whenever it is, hit the hardest. All the while keep checking against a strike by rogue Pakistan.
Agency: Ap7am Desk

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