“We need a common enemy to unite us.”

–Condoleezza Rice

The tension between Pakistan and India, in spite of being a familiar affair for both populations, has reached the point of spontaneous developments. Border violations, cross-border intelligence assignments, military penetrations, are just some of the developments that have occupied diplomatic pursuits on both sides of the border. The Kashmir conflict has also, once again, made it to international forums.

Apart from establishing regional dominance or addressing bilateral concerns, the current situation also holds the capacity to pursue internal improvement. Perhaps the growing conflict can be used as a tool to build solidarity within the Pakistani society. There is no doubt that our nation is divided along various horizontal lines, but it does not have to stay that way. Collective antagonism can be shaped into national solidarity, if the current leadership decides to act towards it. Opportunist it may be, but easing domestic schisms will make it much easier for the state to address external threats.