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Islamabad appears to be working hand in glove with Pakistan’s top military leadership to stir the pot in J&K and portray it as a global dispute at a time when the neighbouring country’s prime minister is in the US for talks, a top army officer said on Monday.
On a day reports emerged that dozens of Indian posts had been shelled by the Pakistani Army, the officer said it would be naïve to assume General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani’s forces were operating without the knowledge of Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif.
“The civilian leadership and military are playing good cop and bad cop, but are essentially in it together,” he said.
Pakistani army seems to be in overdrive to push in as many infiltrators as it can to escalate tension ahead of the winter months.
Former army chief General JJ Singh told HT Islamabad had devised a strategy to ratchet up tensions along the border “in consonance with important foreign visits by their leaders.”
“I feel they will not give peace a chance and keep the pot simmering in Kashmir,” said Singh, who has also served as the governor of Arunachal Pradesh.
Meanwhile, India’s top army commanders kicked off a five-day long brainstorming session on Monday to figure out ways to deal with challenges confronting the force, including increased Pakistani aggression.