The attack in Uri has proved to be a blessing in disguise for the BJP government. The party manifesto probably consists of one line alone, saving up on printing costs considerably; annihilate Pakistan and the world is ours for the taking. Their ability to obsessively and single-mindedly stick to their ideology should be appreciated. For better or for worse, the right wing party always has to mention Pakistan in its conversations. Today the Uri attack is Pakistan’s fault while tomorrow the air pollution in Mumbai will probably be our fault as well.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi presided over a high-level security meeting at which he asked for concrete evidence to be gathered in the aftermath of the attack on an Indian army camp in Uri, and local reports said that doing so would assist Modi in diplomatically isolating Pakistan. While that might be utopia for the BJP, it would take more than wishful thinking to turn Pakistan into North Korea. The prime minister was also briefed about the use of “incendiary” ammunition by the terrorists, only found with army establishments. Obviously, since the Pak Army signs each of its bullets with ‘death to India’, it could only have come from Pakistan. In fact, each time a stone is pelted at the Indian troops in Kashmir, that has been provided courtesy the Pakistan Government as well.

Failing to suppress the uprising in India-held Kashmir, the Modi government has decided to do what it does best, cry wolf where there is none. They can attempt to portray the Kashmiri protest as Pakistan-inspired terrorism all they want, but the world sees who the real terrorist is. Wikileaks has revealed that US diplomats in New Delhi were informed of India’s systematic torture of Kashmiri civilians in 2005, when the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) had briefed them that Indian security forces were using torture methods such as electrocution, physical and sexual abuse against detainees. The Indian government cannot deny to the world their role in oppressing the Kashmiri people and terrorising them for decades, all the while denying them their right to self-determination.

If India wants to take the hostility to dangerous levels, Pakistan can very well respond in kind and the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Gen Raheel Sharif during a corps commander’s conference on Monday said that the Pakistan Army is “fully prepared to respond to the entire spectrum of direct and indirect threats”. But let it not come to that India, this world cannot afford more violence and bloodshed than it already witnesses.