With Balakot strike, India has called Pakistan’s nuclear bluff: Kanwal Sibal7 min read . Updated: 04 Mar 2019, 05:16 AM IST
- The Balakot air strike will compel future governments to go beyond PoK in response to any future strike, says Kanwal Sibal
- Abhinandan’s return has drawn attention away from core issue of terrorism between India and Pakistan, says the ex-foreign secretary
NEW DELHI : New Delhi: With the air strike on Balakot in Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, India has now set a new bar in dealing with cross-border terrorism, former foreign secretary Kanwal Sibal said. The Narendra Modi government’s action has opened up strategic space for India and called Pakistan’s bluff—raising the spectre of nuclear exchange between the two countries should there be tensions, he said. Modi’s act will compel future governments to take similar action against terrorist threats from Pakistan with anything less being rejected by public opinion. Edited excerpts from an interview.
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