Pakistan playing 'anti-India card': Uday Bhaskar on ceasefire violation in Kargil

New Delhi, Aug. 16 (ANI): Defence Analyst Commodore (retired) C. Uday Bhaskar on Friday said the ceasefire violation in the Kargil sector is definitely a matter of concern because there had been relative stability in the sector for the last fourteen years since the Kargil war ended in July 1999, and alleged that the Pakistani establishment is trying to play the 'anti-India card'.

"If you look at the pattern in the last few weeks, since August 6 onwards, when Indian soldiers were killed, there has been a steady increase in the number of violations in about ten days; " He pointed out that there has also been change in the intensity and even the geographical area across the LoC is spreading

"This is happening at a time when Pakistan is facing a lot of internal security challenges. Trying to make sense as to why the Pakistani army is doing this, the only sort of possible inference is that, as has happened in the past, the Pakistani army or the Pakistani establishment, what is often referred to as the 'deep state', plays what is called the 'anti-India' card. This is something that has to be monitored very carefully and appropriate political and diplomatic responses are called for," he added.

Commodore Bhaskar said the concern is both the intensity of the exchange of ordnance and its geographical spread, which suggest that the Pakistani army has chosen to expand the spectrum of the military tension across Line of Control (LoC).

" The question I ask myself as a security analyst is to what degree is PM Nawaz Sharif in control of his army and the question we asked post Kargil, as a civilian PM, is he unable or unwilling to deal with the Pakistani military," he added.

Earlier in the day, in yet another incident of ceasefire violation, the Pakistani troops targeted Indian forward posts in the Kargil-Drass sector today. It is for the first time since the Kargil war of 1999 that the Pakistani army has fired in this sector.

No casualties have, however, been reported so far. This is the seventeenth ceasefire violation in the last ten days.

The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, yesterday said it is imperative that for bilateral relations to improve between India and Pakistan, Islamabad must take all steps necessary to prevent its sol from being used for any anti-India activity.

Delivering his Independence Day speech from the ramparts of the historic 17th-century built Red Fort; Dr. Singh said India has also strived for friendship with neighbouring countries.

"However, for relations with Pakistan to improve, it is essential that they prevent the use of their territory and territory under their control for any anti-India activity," he added.

The Prime Minister was apparently referring to the recent ceasefire violations by Pakistani troops in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir along the Line of Control (LoC). (ANI)