India preparing for war with Pak; claims Pak newspaper

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Islamabad, Oct 10: A Pakistani newspaper has sounded a warning, a grave one at that stating India is all set and preparing for a conventional war with Pakistan in the context of the Cold Start war doctrine. The reason for the fears being the developments across the eastern border that has raised eyebrows with Pakistani policymakers and military officials.

The report in The News states that the the recent spate of developments have led to destabilising its neighbour and building a formidable war machine to strike within the Pakistani borders.

The developments in question is Afghan President Hamid Karzai"s recent visit to New Delhi where he signed the strategic accord with India in the aftermath of the assassination of High Peace Council leader Burhanuddin Rabbani. The paper said, "While one side of the equation that has been brought into the spotlight shows that the accord will pave the way for India to train the Afghan armed forces and police, the other side that remains veiled could contain clauses that may affect Pakistan"s internal and external security. According to policymakers here in Islamabad, the accord requires careful thought at all levels. The critical point to remember is that India has no role whatsoever in Afghanistan yet Indian interference and policies are at the root of many of the problems that Pakistan is facing today."

The other factor leading the escalating tension is that the Indian army is carrying out a massive two-month long winter exercise involving battle tanks and artillery guns besides Indian Air Force assets at the Pakistan border. The exercise involves a potent strike corps, the Bhopal based 21 Corps, in the Rajasthan desert, the paper reported.

The paper commented on this, "Intriguingly, 'Sudarshan Chakra" Corps will be aiming to build its capacities for 'breaching the hostile army"s defences and capturing important strategic assets deep inside enemy territory'. The exercise is the third of its kind this year… The question is: why is India holding three massive war games in a year at the Pakistan border that aim at capturing important strategic assets deep inside the enemy territory?"

Another major factor is the deployment of Su-30 fighter aircraft near the Pakistan border. The fact that the aircraft is most sophisticated in the region has irked policymakers in Pakistan especially at a time when relationships between both countries are strained.

The other not-so-publicized fact, according to the newspaper is the extension of the runway at Kargil by India coupled by the fact that they had acquired six more C-130J aircraft have added to the war fears.

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