Did Gen Raheel Sharif time the Nagrota attack with his retirement?
New Delhi, Nov 30: The Nagrota attack took place on the day General Raheel Sharif stepped down as the chief of the Pakistan army. On Tuesday terrorists struck at an army camp in Nagrota in which seven Indian army personnel were martyred and three terrorists were killed.
Incidentally it was the same day that General Sharif passed on the baton to General Qamar Javed Bajwa.
Officials in India do not rule out the possibility that the two events could be linked. General Sharif is known for his hatred towards India due to personal reasons. He lost his brother and an uncle in two wars that India had fought with Pakistan.
General Sharif has also been accused by India of increasing tensions with India along the border and in doing so he had completely overruled the Pakistan Prime Minister.
A parting shot:
Indian officials feel that the Nagrota attack which was major in scale could have been a parting shot by General Sharif who could have sanctioned the attack.
The Nagrota attack was not something that was planned overnight. The manner in which the attack was carried out with precision shows that several months of planning had gone into it.
It is a well known fact that any attack to be carried out by Pakistani terrorists has the blessings of the Pakistan army and the ISI. Officials in India do not rule out the possibility of this attack too being overseen entirely by General Sharif. India also feels that the attack was timed to conicide on the date that General Sharif was retiring.
His amimosity towards India was seen on the last day where he chose to give out a stern warning. In his farewell speech he had cautioned India against adopting an aggressive stance in the region. He said that in recent months "India's increasing terrorism and aggressive stance" in Kashmir have "endangered" the region.
"India should know that mistaking our policy of patience for weakness would be dangerous. This is reality, that in South Asia, lasting peace and progress is impossible without solution of the Kashmir issue. For that, international community's special attention is necessary, he also said.