Very recently, Chinese intrusion in Galwan valley has become not only the talk of the town but it has also grasped focus of global world. Galwan valley has great strategic significance for both states. After 1962 Sino-Indian war, no other escalation took place. However, recent Chinese occupation in Galwan valley has created havoc for India because India considers Galwan valley as its territory. Morever, current intrusion of China has changed the alignment of valley, establishing its fortification, making bunkers by showing its very aggressive attitude to Indian troops. After all these developments of China in Galwan valley, Indian army and Indian government remained in awful silence and reacted defensively. Moreover, India tried its best to resolve this issue diplomatically in last month but those diplomatic talks could not normalize the situation owing to uncompromising attitude of china. In addition, Chinese foreign minister warned that “Sovereignty of Galwan valley has always belonged to china”.
In the wake of truculent attitude of China, Indian army has left with no option of confrontation. For this reason, at the night of 15th June, Colonel Santosh Babu, commanding officer of 16-Bihar regiment approached Chinese camps along with his troops who offended Chinese army and both armies came to blows. As Indian army was fewer in numbers than Chinese army. The area where that fight took place was a sloppy which is considered very difficult terrain situated in mountainous region. According to reports, Chinese army pushed down Indian army into the Galwan river, where, Indian troops died after sustaining head injuries caused by stones in river and due to lack of medical support. As per Indian official report, 20 Indian troops killed in Ladakh fighting and 36 injuries took place. Where as, there is no any confirmed Chinese causality.. However, according to Indian social media accounts, it claims that we killed 43 Chinese troops in return. Nevertheless, Indian social media claim is unreliable because there is no official source of Chinese causalities. Yet, this claim of Indian social accounts is manifestation of those Indian reports as they claimed that we killed 350 people in Balakot which was totally untrue.
Following the causalities of Indian troops, there is rising voice from multiple sections of India. Why Indian force did not use guns? Why it did not retaliate when China was showing that much brutal and aggressive attitude? For countering those questions, Indian foreign minister tweeted that “We didn’t want to retaliate because we were abiding by all agreements (as per 1996 and 2005 agreement) not to use firearms during face-offs)”. In the same run, different publications of India has published many articles which suggest that India likely to review rules of engagement at Line of Actual Control (LAC) after Galwan valley clash which means if again any aggressive action of china took place towards Indian troops then there will be Indian retaliation with gunfire’s. This is obvious that, Indian use of firearms towards Chinese troops will bring double Chinese reaction and that will be fueling to fire, which not only aggravate the conditions two states but its repercussion would be worldwide, since, both sates possess nuclear technology.
According to different sources, its widely believed that Pakistan will be big winner of this Sino-Indian clash . Firstly, the Darbuk-Shyok-Daulat Beg Oldi (BSDBO) road has great significance for Indian military, this road enables the Indian army to bring by road supplies, men, and material, to its posts in the Siachen region which is contested area between India and Pakistan. Chinese troops has captured that BSDBO road which has badly impacted the supplies of Indian army to Siachen region that is good omen for Pakistan, however, these months june,july and august are crucial for supplies in those Glacier region otherwise those roads will be blocked from heavy snowfall. If India is unable to provide basic supplies to Siachen army then it would be difficult for Indian army to counter Pak Army in Siachen. Secondly, Chinese control in Ladakh will provide protection for China Pakistan economic corridor (CPEC) that run through Gilgit-Baltistan, and it will neutralizes the opposition of India on Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) which is going through Gilgit-Baltistan.
As for as Pakistan and its citizens are concerned, Pakistan has always supported China and China also favored Pakistan reciprocally. But, recent viral picture of Indian officer which was captured by Chinese army is condemnable. Chinese army had treated very badly which is against Geneva convention. International law does not permit war prisoner to be treat in brutal manner. Chinese violation of Geneva convention is showing bad image of china at international level. She should treat her war prisoners in proper way with the abidance of international law. Keeping all disagreements aside, there is unconditional support of Pakistan and its masses with china, especially, when it comes in clash with India.
India’s Sprouting Counterforce Posture
In recent years, the technological advancements by India in the domain of counterforce military capabilities have increased the vulnerability of the South Asian region. While trying to disturb the strategic stability in South Asia, India through its adventuresome counterforce posture against Pakistan is on the verge of becoming a rogue state. Notwithstanding the repercussions, India is voyaging towards destabilization in the South Asian Region.
India’s enhanced strategic nuclear capabilities which includes-the development of Multiple Independent Reentry Vehicles (MIRVs), Ballistic Missile Defence System (BMD), Inter-Continental Ballistic Missiles (ICBMs), supersonic and hypersonic cruise missiles, and acquisition of nuclear-capable submarines- indicate that India is moving away from its declared policy of ‘No First Use’ (NFU) towards a more aggressive, counterforce posture against Pakistan. The BMD and MIRV technology along with the provision of an advanced navigation system under BECA would embolden India to go for the first strike against Pakistan. While having reliance on BMD, as to be sheltered in return. These technological advancements made by India are sprouting a new era of counterforce posture, which would further make the South Asian region volatile and vulnerable to conflicts.
India’s urge to acquire counterforce capability is strongly associated with its doctrinal shift. As the stated posture requires flexibility in the use of nuclear weapons, which fortifies the first strike capability, and thus a deviation in India’s declared policy of ‘No First Use’ (NFU) has become more significant, particularly concerning its impact on regional stability. India’s declared policy of NFU, set out in Draft Nuclear Doctrine in 1999, followed by its first amendment in January 2003 has since then been into hot debates. Pakistan has long doubted the Indian policy of NFU, as the actions and statements by the officials of the latter have always been aggressive and protruding towards the former. India, now, is drifting away from its policy of NFU with the acquisition of counterforce capabilities, particularly against Pakistan. This is further evident from the statement issued by India’s Defense Minister Mr. Rajnath Singh, back in August 2019. It stated “Till today, our nuclear policy is ‘no-first-use’ (NFU). What happens in the future depends on the circumstances.” A change at the doctrinal level is evident in the Indian strategic enclave. Notwithstanding the challenges and repercussions caused by the counterforce strategy and with an attempt to destabilize the nuclear deterrence in the region, India would go unjustifiably low to attain such measures.
In the same vein, India has been enhancing its nuclear capabilities for strategic flexibility against its regional rivals. By the same token, it wants to attain nuclear dominance, which would ultimately result in chaos in the region. The counterforce capability by India would compel its adversaries to heed towards the preemptive strike, in case of a crisis, out of the fear of the use of Nuclear weapons first by the patent enemy. Moreover, the counterforce capability pushes the enemy to put the nuclear weapons on hair-trigger mode, which is directly linked with the crisis escalation. The acquisition of counterforce capability by India would likely provoke a new arms race in the region. This would further destabilize the already volatile South Asian region. The far-reaching destabilization which India is trying to create, just to have an edge on the nuclear adversary, would be back on India’s face, faster than she knew it.
On the contrary, Pakistan has been maintaining a posture of Credible Minimum Deterrence (CMD) and does not claim to have a No-First Use (NFU) policy. Moreover, Pakistan’s nuclear capability is defensive in principle and a tool for deterrence. Given the Indian evolved notions of counterforce preemption, even now Pakistan would be left with no choice but to leave room for carrying out a ‘first strike’ as a feasible deterrent against India. Nevertheless, with the advent of technological innovations, its countermeasure arrives soon, too. Presently, there are two aspects that Pakistan should take into consideration; the growing Indo-US nexus and India’s concealed innovations in the nuclear posture. Though India is far from achieving counterforce strikes against Pakistan’s nuclear targets, concrete steps are required for maintaining future deterrence stability. With that intention, Pakistan might need to look towards its allies for getting hands-on the modern capabilities which includes- advanced communication and navigation systems, sensors, and advancements in artificial intelligence and otherwise, is essential for strengthening its deterrent capability. Pakistan should heed towards the development of absolute second-strike capability; as, what is survivable today, could be vulnerable tomorrow. Therefore, advancements in technology should be made for preserving nuclear deterrence in the future as well.
Summarizing it all, the existence of Pakistan’s nuclear deterrence has created a stable environment in the region, by deterring full-scale wars on multiple occasions that might have resulted in a nuclear exchange. With the revolution in nuclear technology, the threat of nuclear war has emerged again. Instead of going towards the attainment of peace and stability in the region, India has been enhancing its counterforce capabilities. This would likely remain a significant threat to the deterrence stability in the region. Moreover, any kind of failure to maintain nuclear deterrence in South Asia could result in an all-out war, without any escalation control. India, in its lust for power and hegemonic designs, has been destabilizing the region. Both the nuclear states in South Asia need to engage in arms restraint and escalation control measures. This seems to be a concrete and more plausible way out; else the new era of destabilization could be more disastrous.
A pig in a poke of Lithuanian Armed Forces
The proverb “a chain is only as strong as its weakest link” perfectly reflects the situation in the Lithuanian armed forces. It is it unclear how the army will carry out its tasks, if everything that happens there runs counter to common sense.
The conscription took place in Lithuania. The recruits once again were revealed by an electronic lottery on January 7, 2021. 3,828 recruits were selected from the list of 38 thousand conscripts aged 18 to 23.
The idea of using electronic lottery in such a serious procedure arises a lot of questions among Lithuanians. Young people are suspicious of this method and fully admit the possibility of corruption. Nobody could check the results and so nobody could be blamed for random selection. The more so, the armed forces could get weaker recruits than in case of using usual ways of choosing among candidates. So, the army buys a pig in a poke.
This approach to recruitment in Lithuania results in presence of those with criminal intents and inclinations. Сases of crimes committed by Lithuanian military personnel have increased. Incidents with the involvement of military regularly occurred in Lithuania in 2020.
Thus, a soldier of the Lithuanian army was detained in Jurbarkas in October. He was driving under the influence of alcohol. A Lithuanian soldier suspected of drunk driving was detained also in Siauliai in December. Panevėžys County Chief Police Commissariat was looking for a soldier who deserted from the Lithuanian Armed Forces and so forth.
Such behaviour poses serious risks to public safety and leads to loss of confidence in the Lithuanian army in society.
Lithuanian military officials have chosen a new way to discourage young people from serving in the army, which is already not popular.
“The road to hell is paved with good intentions.” The ministry of defence decided to run a photo contest that would reflect service in the country’s armed forces. It is doubtful that such pictures will attract to the army, but the real situation is provided.
Usually, popularization is the act of making something attractive to the general public. This contest served the opposite goal. Look at the pictures and make conclusions.
Fatah-1: A New Security and Technological Development About Pakistan’s Indigenous GMLRS
Islamabad: It seems like 2021 has been a good start for Pakistan specifically with regard to stepping up its missile testing. On the 7th of January, the Pakistan military has successfully conducted a purely indigenously developed missile test flight known to be Fatah-1. As stated by various reports, Fatah-1 is an extended-range Guided Multi-Launch Rocket System (GMLRS) which itself is a developed variant of the guided MLRS family.
According to the recent statement given by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) about the newly developed rocket, it was stated: “The weapon system will give Pakistan Army capability of a precision target deep in the enemy territory.” Director-General of Pakistan Army, Media Wing, major general Babar Iftikhar on 7th January tweeted: “Pakistan today conducted a successful; test flight of indigenously developed Fatah-1, Guided Multi Launch Rocket System, capable of delivering a conventional Warhead up to a range of 140 km.”
Defense analyst Mr. Syed Muhammad Ali also stated in his capacity: “the new system was very fast, accurate, survivable, and difficult to intercept”. A video was also shared by ISPR on their official website, in which the missile launch can be seen while being fired from the launcher however, the details on when and where the test flight has taken place, along with the specification of the rocket system are yet to be announced.
Currently, Pakistan Army owns a wide range of Short-Range Ballistic Missiles (SRBM), Medium-Range Ballistic Missiles (MRBM), Battlefield Ballistic Missiles (BBM), Rocket Artillery, and Surface to Surface Cruise Missile (SSCM). In the previous year, Pakistan had also maintained prime success in conducting the Ra’ad-II cruise missile and Ghaznavi surface-to-surface ballistic missile (SSBM). Besides, Pakistan Air Force (PAF) on 30thDecember made apt progress when it comes to the national air defense arsenal as it was announced that PAF is beginning the production of the State-of-the-art JF-17 Thunder Block 3 fighter jets, at the same time acquiring the 14 dual-seat Jf-17 aircraft.
According to various reports, the JF-17 Thunder Block 3 will be said to have a new radar operational capability which will be far better in the practical domain as compared to the Raphael aircraft acquired by India. Whereas, the exchange of 14 dual-seat aircraft, manufactured with Pak-China cooperation were also given to the PAF which will be used for extensive training.
The recent successful testing of Fatah-1 has been considered to be another milestone for Pakistan as it tends to be a fitting response to the recent developments in the conventional capabilities carried out by India and also to India’s Cold Start Doctrine.
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