India incapable of waging war on Pakistan, experts say

Published: September 21, 2016


International experts and analysts believe India lacks the intelligence and capabilities needed to execute targeted strikes or wage a limited war in Pakistani territory.

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Most experts say successive Indian governments have been unable to build such capabilities. Media chatter is resonating across India on why the air force should carry out surgical air strikes against Pakistan. But many believe it would not be easy as Pakistan has robust air defence systems. There are also doubts about whether India has built capabilities or possesses measures for unconventional deterrence.

Defence analyst Ajai Shukla is also of the view that India has only escalated rhetoric against Pakistan but not created sufficient military capabilities and planning structure needed to tackle its arch rival. Now, the government appears to have become a prisoner of its own bluster. “The danger of being trapped in your own rhetoric is that you can be forced into an aggressive response and then be ill-equipped to handle the escalation,” Shukla says.

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Indian officials have also cautioned against any adventurism following the military asking the govt to consider ‘surgical strikes’, covert military operations or hot pursuits inside Pakistani territory, adding that Pakistan is no Myanmar, where Indian Para-SF troops conducted a transborder raid to take out militants in June 2015. “The government has to take into account that any strike inside Pakistan can escalate into an all-out war. Pakistan, of course, often threatens first-use of tactical nuclear weapons if it is attacked by India,” an official said.

India and Pakistan are facing a war-like situation after militants attacked an army base in Indian-occupied Kashmir on Sunday, killing 18 soldiers. India has blamed the attack on a Pakistan-based group, despite denials from Islamabad. It accuses Pakistan of supporting ‘militant’ attacks in Jammu and Kashmir, which both claim in full but rule only in part.

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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently raised the stakes in their decades-old feud by expressing support for separatists within Pakistan. Pakistan denies any role in cross-border terrorism, and has called on the United Nations and the international community to investigate atrocities it alleges have been committed by the security forces in Indian-occupied Kashmir.

This article originally appeared on BBC.

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  • LOL
    Sep 21, 2016 - 1:26PM

    what a joke of a country India isRecommend

  • Ghost
    Sep 21, 2016 - 1:35PM

    Pakistan economy is not dependent on India in anyway, so we cant go bhooka, but Beta do you have enough to eat?Recommend

  • London Banker
    Sep 21, 2016 - 1:51PM

    India is a spineless nation. Recommend

  • Umair
    Sep 21, 2016 - 1:53PM

    Guys do not get your eyes off the Target Kashmir, we all know with both nations as nuclear powers no chance of a conventional war, all this rhetoric is to deviate attention from Kashmir, you may never know this attack on Indian military camp might have had been done by Indian agencies to detract from the core issue/ Kashmir as well as to give some reason for the atrocities faced by kashmiris. i wish our Foreign office and PM do not go easy on INDIA for what its doing in kashmir. Recommend

  • Mayor
    Sep 21, 2016 - 2:03PM

    Kind of funny none of the experts are ex army personal. The reason for not fighting a war is simple. India has painfully went from $200 billion GDP to $ 2 Trillion in 25 years. It is not a big deal to fight a war and split Pakistan into pieces like we did before. Pakistan has nothing to lose except perhaps Lahore. All the other cities don’t even have proper roads. Regardless of that there are other alternatives. We will make Pakistan pay just wait and see. Recommend

  • Unknown
    Sep 21, 2016 - 2:07PM

    India is even incapable of providing toilets to its nation, war with a nuclear power is nothing more than a dream for them Recommend

  • HBK
    Sep 21, 2016 - 2:16PM

    Everything happens for the first time….
    People also believed that India won’t go that far to touch Balochistan issue , but today India is pursuing Balochistan issue as it’s mainstream agenda…..
    so let’s see what comes next, till then all the best with your assumption :)Recommend

  • Saad
    Sep 21, 2016 - 2:22PM

    But we have to be very careful, because who knows they are talking like this to give relax feel in our side, and distract our attention from security alert…..
    we have to be alert, you just can’t ignore Modi, he has evil intentionsRecommend

  • vinsin
    Sep 21, 2016 - 2:25PM

    In the whole process it was all Pakistani doing, then FO issuing one statement after another, then Pakistan media discussion military options available for India and then giving verdict finally that India is incapable of having a war.

    There has been no rhetoric build up by Indian government, maybe from Indian media.

    Pakistan has better roads and infrastructure than India. Recommend

  • Sameer
    Sep 21, 2016 - 2:27PM

    That’s great, it means no worry for Pakistan, but don’t know why Pak Army is on alert, if there is no threat from IndiaRecommend

  • Abhijeet
    Sep 21, 2016 - 2:39PM

    Just wondering – Pakistan is ready and prepared for war with India. Shouldn’t it first check if Jaish e Mohammad carried out the attack in Uri? India has alleged it did. Is it not worth investigating and shutting out these guys if found culpable? Readying for war without this basic step amounts to Pakistan’s complicity in the Uri atacjk.Recommend

  • FAZ
    Sep 21, 2016 - 3:06PM

    For any sane person that doesn’t idealize people like Donald Trump can see what brings when you take military action against an ideology. Its easy to promote extremism and violence (like the US and Pakistan did in the 70’s and 80’s against USSR) but its far difficult to control its repercussions.
    Its better for India to come to talks. Understand the wishes of Kashmiri people and neutralize the enmities. Believe me, Pakistanis (likes of Hafiz Saeed) opposing to such an approach by India will be far far less in numbers than India’s worst of worst estimationsRecommend

  • salman
    Sep 21, 2016 - 3:08PM

    Latest border escalation didn’t started after Uri attacks, Indian govt was building up the situation itself when Modi was crying foul regarding Balochistan. These hypocrite Indians deliberately ignores her Govt own rhetoric against Pakistan.Recommend

  • Jamshed
    Sep 21, 2016 - 3:17PM

    First India should shut its terror camps in India & AfghanistanRecommend

  • Hassan
    Sep 21, 2016 - 3:23PM

    I would just say “Quality is better than QuantityRecommend

  • Muneeb
    Sep 21, 2016 - 3:47PM

    India can keep living in a fools paradise and her presstitute media can continue to spew out venom against Pakistan. Stepping into war is not a childs play and they know it.
    The fools who say they will nuke Pakistani Punjab so that its land wont grow anything for the next 800 years should remember the impact any such adventurism will have on global warming. Apart from other drawbacks, this will result in rest of the world losing their shoreline cities to rising sea levels withing months.Recommend

  • TM
    Sep 21, 2016 - 4:04PM

    Indian army is made of mostly Baniyas and they lack the courage to wage a war with the brave Punjabi army headed by General Raheel. Hence Pakistan need not worry.Recommend

  • Haji Atiya
    Sep 21, 2016 - 4:12PM

    Was not India’s successful mission to Mars not about quality ? Ultimately India has invested infinitely more in science, technology and engineering than Pakistan and that has and will pay off in a myriad of ways, including waging war on an entirely futuristic level.Recommend

  • Ozzy
    Sep 21, 2016 - 4:34PM

    I think I’m gonna go eat juicy steak. All this India talk has made me hungry. Recommend

  • Theri Zaath
    Sep 21, 2016 - 4:44PM

    Pakistan is run by a monkey. And monkeys can never win wars.Recommend

  • Think_Again
    Sep 21, 2016 - 5:08PM

    @Theri Zaath:
    but Monkey can be a Hindu God.Recommend

  • abbas
    Sep 21, 2016 - 5:16PM

    Ready for War or Friendship with Kashmir Solution – India to chooseRecommend

  • Muneeb
    Sep 21, 2016 - 5:19PM

    Ozzy mentioning steak has made me hungry too. Yummy beef biryani on my side.Recommend

  • Khalid
    Sep 21, 2016 - 5:23PM

    Only way forward is to divide india in 14 pieces depending on aspirations of various communities. It’s so hard to hold india together. I m sure everyone on this forum will agree. I have proposed a new map for india. Please visit my youtube link for details.Recommend

  • Tom
    Sep 21, 2016 - 5:42PM

    But you would use nukes on India, and India won’t annihilate you………. Good logic.Recommend

  • Tom
    Sep 21, 2016 - 5:43PM

    May be, but just refresh 1971 in your muslim warrior mind…………..Recommend

  • Munt
    Sep 21, 2016 - 6:03PM

    That monkey was one with divine powers and a disciple of Ram. All monkeys cannot be divine….Recommend

  • patriot
    Sep 21, 2016 - 6:04PM

    What’s this! is this a hindu news paper? These ugly dravidians are insulting our leaders and armed forces and they are allowed to post here but replies to them are censored!Recommend

  • Muneeb
    Sep 21, 2016 - 6:12PM

    @Theri Zaath:
    What we believe about Hanuman too.Recommend

  • Jiten
    Sep 21, 2016 - 6:13PM

    This so called defense analyst Ajay is a useless TV commentator who has no clue of india’s capabilities. He is a Congress agent with the same weak and timid mindset….Recommend

  • Reader
    Sep 21, 2016 - 6:22PM

    Indian listens to your experts before it’s too lateRecommend

  • cautious
    Sep 21, 2016 - 6:26PM

    I am not a military expert but I suspect it wouldn’t take stealth technology to launch a few missiles at any CPEC target which might defer Chinese involvement until they were assured India/Pakistan relations were stabilized. Most would consider that a punitive limited/tactical response which would pretty much trash the so called “experts” analysis. Recommend

  • Khan
    Sep 21, 2016 - 6:29PM

    “India incapable of waging war on Pakistan, experts say”…….100% correct…..Let me guess that the experts are certainly not from HINDUSLUM……..Because…….. Majority of HINDUSLUMDWELLERS like flying horses.Recommend

  • Mr Obvious
    Sep 21, 2016 - 6:32PM

    LOL – if Pakistan military believed these “experts” then why are they building so many nukes?Recommend

  • Saj
    Sep 21, 2016 - 7:10PM

    Yes an all out war is not an Option. Pakistan has nothing to loose, where will India hit?
    Fields, rocks, deserts?… Darn ! However Pakistan can hit Indian Industries, IT Parks , Cities etc.Recommend

  • Khalid
    Sep 21, 2016 - 7:22PM

    What did they do after pathankot? What did they do after mumbai attacks? Nothing. Indians can not do anything to Pakistan. Thats the truth.Recommend

  • Darvesh
    Sep 21, 2016 - 7:42PM

    Here is point , we don’t have enough cities that means if you destroy one city of our we feel pushed to the wall making life meaningless which would free us of any responsibility. Are you ready to lose all your cities in just few minutes.Recommend

  • LahoriLonda
    Sep 21, 2016 - 7:48PM

    India wants to kill innocent Kashmiris and wants no one to complain. Not possible. Zulm to phir zulm hai, Barhta hai to mit jata hai.
    Why do u kill and injur people in Indian Occupied Kashmir. Recommend

  • Ahmed
    Sep 21, 2016 - 8:38PM

    You must either be kidding or very naive! Before India decides to attack a CPEC target with “a few missiles”, it will have to gather the guts to defend a full-scale war with Pakistan (most prolly nuclear) as a repercussion. CPEC is an ambitious project for Pakistan and trying to sabotage it with an official attack from Indian soil will only lead to a full-scale war, and Pakistan will most prolly lose CPEC after that but India will have to bear greater damages than those done by the burns from the thought of Pakistan’s progression post-CPEC. Why do you even….
    All your dumbfounded govt stakeholders will be doing is carrying out proxy attacks on CPEC like it has been doing on its own people and army soldiers for years. But, this even will only gain India instability at the hands of Pakistan, China, and their allies.Recommend

  • Omar Sadiq
    Sep 21, 2016 - 8:56PM

    @Tom: Are you daft or something??? Pakistan knows that it will be annihilated but will incure such major losses to India that its economy will be zilch zero and it will be on the map but worse than Zimbabwe.Recommend

  • Zen
    Sep 21, 2016 - 9:13PM

    Can you name the places where they are taking place.Recommend

  • Zen
    Sep 21, 2016 - 9:24PM

    Who are your allies?Recommend

  • B
    Sep 21, 2016 - 9:42PM

    Is that what you hear every Friday?Recommend

  • Darvesh
    Sep 21, 2016 - 10:17PM


    Who are your allies?”
    Our bombs if not others.Recommend

  • Zen
    Sep 21, 2016 - 10:50PM

    With bombs as allies, will it save Kashmiris or the 200 million strong Muslims? So what are you after?Recommend

  • queball
    Sep 21, 2016 - 11:12PM

    Neither India or Pakistan is capable of a sustained conventional war – both rely on outside world for most of their arms – both would run out of munitions within a month. I suppose that’s a good thing – keeps the Generals from doing something stupid. Recommend

  • Jehanzeb Idrees
    Sep 22, 2016 - 1:16AM

    @MAYOR: Lol!!! India cannot attack Pakistan because its intelligence on desired targets is quite limited – at its quite clear that your own observations with regard to Pakistani roads are as good as your agencies’ performance and your government’s misconceptions. Recommend

  • Indian
    Sep 22, 2016 - 1:39AM

    Hi. Just think no india no Pakistan just 1 minutes think we all know that we spoke same language. Traditional velue. And all similar thing like festival. . Just some other countries don’t like peace for india and Pakistan so this all create ftom others not india or Pakistan. Just think about siria and some other countries who suffer from war now. . No more war. . Please Recommend

  • cautious
    Sep 22, 2016 - 2:55AM

    @Ahmed: @cautious: ….Before India decides to attack a CPEC target with “a few missiles”, it will have to gather the guts to defend a full-scale war with Pakistan (most prolly nuclear) as a repercussion. CPEC is an ambitious project for Pakistan and trying to sabotage it with an official attack from Indian soil will only lead to a full-scale war, …
    If attacking an Indian air base doesn’t start a full scale war I doubt attacking a few Chinese engineers would warrant a nuclear exchange. My comment wasn’t a suggestion that doing so would be a wise thing to do … just an observation that India has the capability of implementing a punitive limited attack on Pakistan and that “experts” often overlook the obvious. Recommend

  • numbersnumbers
    Sep 22, 2016 - 3:14AM

    Note that not one of those “Experts” have been identified, possibly because they don’t exist!
    By the same reasoning, Pakistan is incapable of waging war against India, as was clearly demonstrated during the last four armed conflicts!Recommend

  • Rustam
    Sep 22, 2016 - 3:48AM

    Monkey with divine power! LOL. Is it the standard of science of India?Recommend

  • Rustam
    Sep 22, 2016 - 4:13AM

    @cautious: But you forgot that Pakistan is no Mynamar. If war is imposed on Pakistan based on fabricated excuse, equal retaliation shall be there. Recommend

  • Oommen
    Sep 22, 2016 - 8:04AM

    What is that “robust air defense system” pakistan possess ? Israeli “SPYDER” or S 400 Triumf :-) ? PAD or AAD?Recommend

  • Tom
    Sep 22, 2016 - 8:36AM

    It is all war-gamed already, unlike pakistan………….Recommend

  • Mouli
    Sep 22, 2016 - 9:52AM

    Poor Pakistan has nothing to lose. India has progressed mutlifold times than Pakistan and other South Asian nations. India has a world of good things to lose if a war starts. A sane person would not want his efforts to go a waste. India will not start the war, but it will reply eye-to-eye tooth-to-tooth. Recommend

  • Pakistani
    Sep 22, 2016 - 1:13PM

    @muneeb and @ ozzy
    What about chicken karahi and malai boti? Recommend

  • Pakistani
    Sep 22, 2016 - 1:27PM

    We are in a war like situation since we start operations against terrorist. So we are ready for another one. But believe me. That’s not a solution.. War is not an option. We can sit, discuss and live happily. Indians need to give respects and start believing that they are not superior on anyone. And we will give them respect aswell. Because we know how to handle good ones and bad ones.Recommend

  • Srinivasulu Mekala
    Sep 22, 2016 - 2:38PM

    I sincerely want Pakistan to believe that their air defence is robust and that India is incapable of retaliation. Please keep dreaming of Kashmir. I always had faith in Pakistan’s contributions of India’s military victories. Indians should encourage Pakistani delusions and keep their voice low. Time to act not talk. As a rule stop unnecessary talk.Recommend

  • JSM
    Sep 22, 2016 - 10:12PM

    Why don’t Pakistan trust these experts and start a war with India? India will provoke you enough in coming days to do it.Recommend

  • Srinivasulu Mekala
    Sep 23, 2016 - 3:52PM

    I wish all Pakistanis remain under the delusion that India will not retaliate. That kind of ego helps India a lot. Please keep bloating your ego. Please keep believing that you are a nuclear power. Very soon things will be seen in the right perspective. No harm will come to India if Pakistanis believe that India will not retaliate.Recommend

  • Muneeb
    Sep 23, 2016 - 6:17PM

    @Srinivasulu Mekala:
    Well, first Pakistan doesn’t have time to finger india while the forces are busy in cleansing the internal threats. Second, who ever did this and Pathankot made one thing very clear.. that is Indian cold start doctrine’s ImpotenceRecommend

  • Anitha Prasad
    Sep 24, 2016 - 4:18AM

    ROFL joke of the millenium! In my text books I did not learn on 1948 war between The great republic of India and aah Pakistan, 1965 war, 1971 war or 1999 Kargil war well all of which we won because my country is peaceful and does not teach war to her students. However India is very mighty compared to Pakistan. Truth is that you want to distort it go ahead. Be happy momentarily. Thank you and good bye.Recommend

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