As tensions between Pakistan and India escalate, the likelihood of war increases as well. While Pakistan has done its best to de-escalate the situation and called for India to come to the table for a peaceful resolution, unfortunately, it has been met with nothing but disappointment.
First, India blamed Pakistan for the Pulwama attack and violated our country’s airspace for an air strike which they claimed killed 300 militants. Their claims were proven false as our DG ISPR showed proof that they had done nothing but destroy trees, and left with their tails between their legs before they could have done anything serious.
Such blatant violation could not go unanswered, and while Pakistan had exercised control before, it needed to respond. This morning, our forces selected 6 targets and engaged them. Even now, the targets were selected so that no human life would be in danger. The attacks were meant to signify the strength and might of Pakistan and proved that its patience should not be mistaken for weakness.
India responded by yet again violating Pakistani airspace and crossing the Line of Control but this time, Pakistan had enough. We scrambled our jets and shot down two Indian aircraft. Not only that, we captured two Indian pilots – an outcome we never intended but which now gives us the option for a masterstroke that can end India’s rhetoric once and for all.
While Sohail Aman, Pakistan’s former Air Chief, has already told the families of the captured pilots that there is no need to worry and Pakistan takes good care of its prisoners in accordance with the teachings of Islam, the country can go one step forward and return the pilots.
This move, while a bit counterintuitive, is going to demonstrate to the world that Pakistan is completely committed to peace – if they aren’t already. Pakistan has already invited India to the table, and our DG ISPR and PM Imran Khan have also mentioned that war is no solution and the country wants a peaceful resolution.
India, with its reputation soiled from repeated setbacks, might try to save face and escalate the war. But if Pakistan returns the pilots, it’s going to create massive international pressure on India to resolve the situation. If war happens, it’s going to be clear to every single person in the world that it was India’s doing – and Pakistan was committed to peace but had to defend itself.
With Pakistan’s might displayed with today’s targets being engaged and its constant offers of peace, this could be a single masterstroke that could end with India being forced to peace.