After India carried out a surgical strike across the Line of Control to avenge the Uri attack, tension in the air is extremely high. All eyes are on General Raheel Sharif, Pakistan's army chief for whom the surgical strike was a blow on his ego. However, what one must note here is that for General Sharif the hatred for India is due to a personal reason.
He has been nurturing a grudge against India for long and when he took over as the army chief of Paksitan, Indian agencies had said that he will be looking to trouble India in many ways.
General Sharif's grudge against India is because he lost both his uncle and brother in the 1965 and 1971 wars against India.
Indian agencies say that the army chief who is due to retire in November may attempt something major not only because it would act as a face saver for him, but also to avenge the death of his uncle and brother.
The India grudge for Gen Sharif is personal
General Sharif's brother, Major Shabbir Sharif is a decorated officer in Paksitan. He was awarded the Nishan-e-Haidar, Pakistan's top military honour for his role in both the 1965 and 1971 war.
There are stories that he had caught a grenade that was hurled at his company. He is said to have hurled the grenade back at the Indian side. In the 1971 war, Major Shabbir Sharif was killed after being hit directly by an Indian tank. General Sharif's uncle Major Aziz Bhatti was also awarded the top honour. Major Bhatti, on the other hand, was killed in the 1965 war.
General Sharif has always wanted to bleed India. Ever since he was appointed the army chief, he has shared a very uncomfortable relationship with Pakistan Prime Minister, Nawaz Sharif.
The former ambassador to Pakistan, G Parthasarathy had said in an article in the Times of India that both General Sharif and Nawaz Sharif hate each other. He also says that the aura of invincibility and greatness that the General had built around himself received a setback following the surgical strike carried out by India.
"Given Gen Sharif's unpredictability and hatred to India (his uncle was killed in the 1965 war and brother in 1971), the threat is he might do something silly. India should be prepared," Parthasarathy also said.
India would watch closely the developments in Pakistan over the next two months. He would either try and topple Nawaz Sharrif or would look to retire in pride by making a military move on India.
India says that sooner General Sharif is out of power, the better it would be. A change of guard may not entirely change Pakistan's stand towards India. However, it would be a lot better than what it is under General Sharif.