Sartar Aziz, the advisor to the Prime Minister on National Security, has expressed his serious concerns over comments made by the Indian Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, where he blatantly acknowledged his country of being accepting of the use of terrorism to counter terrorism from other countries. For Aziz, such a statement, only confirms Pakistan’s apprehensions about India’s involvement in terrorism in Pakistan, where it is the first time that a minister of an elected government has openly advocated the use of terrorism in another country, on the pretext of preventing terrorism from that country, or its non-state actors.

Looking at such a loaded statement, one should try to look at this in the broader scheme of relations between Pakistan and India. How can India so callously and confidentially make such a statement, one that should ideally bar them from the international community? The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has reserved no qualms over its rigid stance against Pakistan. It has openly blamed Pakistani-based militants for the attacks on Indian soil and it does not fear any repercussions from our side. India is the new darling of the West, and with that base covered by soft politics India can go hard at Pakistan. Modi’s PR machine, his reception in the US, his flamboyant personal style and his economic predictions, have all been an excellent smoke screen.

The India-Pakistan border has been called the world’s most dangerous border in the international media, and one can see truth in this statement given that this very line that divides both the countries has seen a ‘bloody’ partition in 1947 that killed thousands, killed more than 15,000 in three wars, seen 25 years fighting over a glacier, and another 40,000-100,000 dead in insurgency in the disputed province of Kashmir. And now, both countries are armed with nuclear weapons, where a slight spark can ignite a full fledge attack. In light of these facts, the way that our military has been, and the militancy that India seems to be ready to engage in now, are not a surprise.

Despite, talks of creating harmony between both India and Pakistan, and a strong emphasis by the international community on making sure that there remains limited tension with our neighbor, we should not take such ‘advancements’ of good will at face value. “Islamic terrorism” has become the number one priority for international policy, and to a large extent this will make them blind to state sponsored cases of terrorism, justified as national security, that India might engage in.