With the Modi government coming into power, it was speculated that India’s posture towards Pakistan would undergo hostile change as Modi had seized power with an anti-Pakistan and nationalist political agenda. The Indian barbarism in Indian-held Kashmir (IHK) have escalated manifold and the valley has been under curfew for the last two months. India’s war rhetoric is gaining momentum day by day and the country is hell-bent on inflicting some kind of damage to Pakistan to teach it a “lesson”. India’s offensive has proceeded swiftly on political, diplomatic, economic and militaristic fronts. Whereas, all of India’s negative endeavours to isolate Pakistan and amp up its rhetoric of sponsoring terrorism have gone down the dumps with the international community paying little or no heed to its false allegations. Pakistan took a tough stance against India in the UN General Assembly and demanded an international inquiry into the brutalities being committed in IHK and the failure of India to abide by the UN resolutions on Kashmir to give the Kashmiris their right of self-determination.

When the world gave a cold shoulder to India’s baseless and false accusations on Pakistan regarding the Uri attack, the frustrated Modi government started seeking out ways to abrogate the Indus Water Treaty with the mission to run Pakistan dry by stopping its waters. If India unilaterally breaches or abrogates the treaty, it would be a severe violation of international law which will also have tremendous political and economic fallouts. India, abandoning its aggressive course, should realise that if the Indus Water Treaty will be breached, Pakistan’s claim to the rivers that were given to India (Beas, Ravi and Sutlej) would be revived. The Chinese would also be concerned if India does this, and it already has shown a sign of blocking the Brahmaputra and Sutlej which flow to India from China. The Chinese step is seen as a warning to New Delhi against using water as a foreign policy tool.

Given the fact that both India and Pakistan are nuclear armed states, India should be careful of its irresponsible and aggressive actions against Pakistan. A limited war between the two countries can easily escalate into a nuclear conflict which can be disastrous for the region. More than 21 million people will directly perish, apart from severe environmental damage. Pakistan till now has been behaving responsibly in the face of India’s unprovoked aggression and its continuous violation of ceasefire at the Line of Control (LoC). Pakistan also retaliated with full force to India’s false claim of “surgical strikes” inside Pakistan by inflicting heavy damage on Indian army’s check posts. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has stated that our wish for peace should not be taken as a weakness because Pakistan is fully prepared to protect its borders and to retaliate to any kind of foreign attack.

The political leadership of the country from across the political spectrum, gathered for the All Parties Conference (APC) and condemned the unprovoked Indian aggression, ceasefire violations and rejected the Indian claim that Kashmir was an integral part of India. It rejected Indian efforts to shift the focus from its brutal atrocities to suppress the indigenous uprising of Kashmiri people, to false claims of terrorism across the LoC. The APC rightly rejected the ridiculous Indian claims of carrying out surgical strikes across the LoC as blatantly false and were nothing more than brazen attempts at diverting international attention away from its atrocities in Indian-held Kashmir. Despite major political differences between the government and the opposition, it was heartening to see that all political parties are standing in unity for the national security and the Pakistani stance on Kashmir. This sent a strong and clear message to India that Pakistan’s political leadership and the nation are all standing with their armed forces to face any kind of aggression.

The national interest and security of Pakistan are of paramount importance and the APC showed a unity among political circles of the country to stand up and fight the enemy. Pakistanis are a resilient nation and to protect our motherland we are all united. It is the responsibility of the international community to discourage India from its course of conflict and destruction, for the sake of peace in the region. India should be pressurised to come to the negotiating table and stop its war-mongering because it can never accomplish its dream of becoming the regional hegemon. If unfortunately, India does not control its war hysteria, it should realise that we, the public, the political leadership and the valiant armed forces, are all united and ready to strike back. Our unity is our strength and there will be no compromise on our national security.