Pakistan’s Counter Strike “Operation Swift Retort”: The Humiliation Continues for India
From 27 Feb onwards, India kept on facing humiliations at different levels and the phase is not over yet. It started with the mortification of Indian jets at the hands of PAF fighter jets JF-17. The incident shatters the claim of ‘Indian military superiority’ in South Asia.
The 27th February marks the celebration of ‘Surprise Day’ in Pakistan. On 27 February 2019, Pakistan successfully prevented India from establishing New Normal in South Asia as on the very next day after Indian failed action, the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) launched a counter strike which was codenamed as “Operation Swift Retort”. PAF shoots down two Indian jets along the LOC and captures an Indian pilot. Later, Pakistan hands him over to India as ‘goodwill gesture’. The move by Pakistan was appreciated by the international media and renowned world political leaders. Before this incident, India was claiming so called surgical strikes inside Pakistan, killing three hundred terrorists. The fake Indian claim was called as a great victory of the Indian Air Force (IAF) by Indian media. The irresponsible and war-crazy Indian media made it more difficult for India to accept the strikes as fake. When the International Media and even their own people would ask them to provide the evidence, what would they do? Either they were ignorant or confident enough to make their own people fool, at least.
After Pulwama Attack, the Modi-led government replicates the old Indian mantra and blames Pakistan for the attack. Although, this has been the normal practice of India that it always blames Pakistan for every attack in India and Indian occupied Kashmir without having evidence which could prove the Pakistani involvement. Moreover, the recent revelations in India have shown that the controversial pro-BJP Indian TV anchor Arnab Goswami of Republic TV, a channel seen to be closely linked to the Modi government, knew about the February 2019 Pulwama attack in Indian territory, and the strike on Balakot in Pakistan by Indian Air Force planes a few days later. These revelations have not only further exposed the Indian sinister designs in the region and also vindicated Pakistan’s long held position.
From 27 Feb onwards, India kept on facing humiliations at different levels and the phase is not over yet. It started with the mortification of Indian jets at the hands of PAF fighter jets JF-17. The incident shatters the claim of ‘Indian military superiority’ in South Asia. Indians had been projecting India as the most powerful nation, in terms of military capability, in the South Asian Region but after 27 February everything became clear to the world. Even the most famous papers of the world discussed the incident and exposed the actual standing of Indian military in the list of military powers. For example, the New York Times called the Indian military a ‘vintage’ military. The US thought that India would counterbalance China in the region but it has left a big question mark on the US’ hopes. The superiority complex of Indian military has burnt to the ground after the PAF strikes.
The next level, the diplomatic front, it started when OIC passed a strong resolution to condemn the state-sponsored terrorism by Indian in Indian occupied Kashmir and also reaffirmed its unwavering support to Kashmiri people for their right to self-determination. OIC also welcomed PM Khan’s renewed offer of dialogue to India and the goodwill gesture of handing over the Indian pilot.
To escape the humiliating defeat from PAF, IAF officials claimed that Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman managed to shoot down a Pakistani F-16 before his own plane was downed by a Pakistani missile. Indian media couldn’t show even a tiny part of F-16 but kept on reporting disinformation. The then DG ISPR Asif Ghafoor responded to this fake claim and said that F-16 wasn’t even used during the operation. Later on, it was reported by Foreign Policy Magazine that the two senior U.S. defence officials with direct knowledge of the situation told Foreign Policy that U.S. personnel recently counted Islamabad’s F-16s and found none missing. This fake claim led India to another humiliation at International level.
Pakistan, throughout the scene, acted as a responsible state. The wisdom of Pakistani leadership resulted in victory of Pakistan not only in the battle ground but also at diplomatic level. Though, the Modi-led government in India did not take a break from warmongering even after this disgraceful defeat and continued to pursue hegemonic agendas in the region. It abrogated the Article 370 on 5th August 2019 and took away the autonomy of internationally recognized Kashmir dispute and since then the valley is witnessing further rise in gross human rights violations by Indian brutal forces.
On the other hand, Pakistan opened Kartarpur Corridor on 9th November 2019 which allows Sikh devotees from India to visit the sacred place of Sikhs in Kartarpur. It was a long-standing wish of the Sikh community. By opening this corridor, Pakistan gave a strong message to the world that it wants peace not only for the Pakistani people but also for the people in the region. Pakistan emerged as an example of tolerance and interfaith harmony and the Pakistani efforts for peace have been appreciated by world leaders. For example, Secretary General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, while visiting Karatpur Corridor, said, “The opening of the Kartarpur Corridor is a practical proof of Pakistan’s desire for peace and interfaith harmony”.
Since February 2019, Pakistan has emerged as a strong voice for peace in the region but the peace is not possible until the Modi-led government in India stops its aggressive and hegemonic policies towards its neighbouring countries particularly Pakistan and also its fascist domestic policies which are marginalizing the minorities in India. If it does not stop, which is likely, then the world powers should play their role to prevent India from destroying the peace and stability in the region.
Both, Pakistan and India, are nuclear powers and any kind of misadventure will lead towards nuclear war which is mutual assured destruction (MAD). War cannot be affordable for any country especially when one of them carries the nuclear arsenal and in case of India and Pakistan both have nuclear weapons. What India needs to realize is it must not try to establish this ‘new normal’ in South Asia. Pakistan shall never accept these new standards, and shall never compromise on sovereignty. Peace making is the only way forward for both India and Pakistan. India should accept the offer made by PM Khan to come to negotiating table for the solution of all issues including Kashmir.