Pakistan's friends are India's foes and there can be no second thoughts about that. But, India's attitude is changing after each of Narendra Modi's trips to its controversial neighbors and that is alarming for Pakistan.
Let us not forget the Myanmar operations by the Indian Army and the way Pakistan reacted.
Mark this, Modi's China visit and the ensuing discussions on foreign affairs and border issues, the Bangladesh trip settling previous records and a helping hand for Nepal (the most porous border giving easy access to militants like Yasin Bhatkal) during the earthquake may have a hidden strategy to isolate Pakistan.
India-China ties: Anti-terrorism on priority
Chines President Xi Jinping's visit to India and Pakistan consecutively gave way to a number of speculations and apprehensions in the Indian territory.
While it is not unfamiliar that Pakistan and China have strong military and nuclear connections, it is to be noted that the Indian Prime Minister has already started working towards strengthening India's relationship with China. On his last visit to China, both the countries signed agreements worth 10 billion dollars.
True that China has promised to invest $46 billion dollars in the Pakistani economy, but it has also promised to support India in anti-terrorism measures.
Certainly, India is not bothered with economic developments unlike Pakistan (which ranks 172 among 188 surveyed countries in account balance, according to the CIA Factbook). India has got what it had to from China.
India-Bangladesh ties: Block Mujahideen roads
India shared a strained relationship after the conclusion of the Ganges Water sharing treaty in 1996. But the strains of friendship remained since the Bangladesh LIberation War in 1971 when India helped Bangladesh in attaining liberation from Pakistan. Now, both the countries were more than willing to give their relationship a second chance.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Bangladesh has taken their relationship as the second largest trading partners in South Asia a step ahead. And the signing of the historic terriroty swapping stamped it.
Bangladeshi residents of over 50 enclaves in India and Indian residents from 100 enclaves in Bangladesh can now choose their homeland. Welcoming the move, Modi said at a press conference,"We have resolved a question that has lingered since independence. Our two nations now have a settled boundary."
Settling boundaries with Bangladesh, India has thrown open its borders for more ceasefires (a sign of insecurity from the Pakistani side). With its terrorist wings operating from Bangladesh, Pakistan may find itself on the edge if India gets access in the country. That will block their easiest entry into India. And with the villages exchanged, border information will also be easily available with the Intelligence bureau.
India-Myanmar: Military ops, a warning sign?
India and Myanmar are stark rivals and India seems to be indifferent to that. But what the latter knows is that military operations here could send ripples to Pakistan. Hence, the Myanmar operations.
In the December of 2001, it came to light (rather accidentally) that Pakistan and Myanmar shared strong nuclear and military ties. Myanmar had bought a nuclear reactor from Russia and needed support. It was revealed by US investigating officials that two Pakistani nuclear Scientists (Suleiman Asad and Mohammed Ali Mukhtar) were sent in November 2001 to support the reactor. Incidentally, the scientists were also wanted by the US for their suspected links with Al-Qaeda.
Interestingly, prior to Musharraf's visit to Myanmar in May 2001, Myanmar had allowed to park Pak naval vessels, a submarine, a tanker and a destroyer at its port, despite maintaining the fact that no foreign vessels would be permitted to visit the country's ports. Pakistan is also said to have supplied conventional weapons to Myanmar and have also undertaken training of their army personnel in Pakistan.
But this was done, not without a reason. Sources say that Pakistan wanted trouble in the North Eastern states of India, which shared borders with Myanmar.
With the recent operations by India in the border areas of Myanmar, where it killed 20 insurgents suspected to be behind the June 4 attack on the Indian army convoy, was an answer to Pakistan's sinister motives.
India has already bought Nepal's faith with its show of generosity during the earthquake this year and Tibet is already on India's side due its political distance from China.
Needless to say, in the current scenario of foreign exchanges, India's plan to isolate and attack Pakistan may no longer be a dream.