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India is now expected to review the MFN status accorded to Pakistan and restricting Pakistan's use of Indian airspace.

NEW DELHI: India's preemptive strikes across the LoC were more than a military operation. The tightly-scripted action was to rework the framework of engagement with Pakistan, while the overt acknowledgement was necessary for the domestic audience.

The government laid out the ground in the preceding days, briefing key countries about the spike in infiltration and mounting evidence gathered by India including captured terrorists. These included the P-5 countries and key nations such as Saudi Arabia, Qatar and UAE, all Pakistan allies. China was briefed during the Sept 27 counter-terrorism dialogue.

The Indian line that the strike came after intelligence pointed to an imminent large-scale strike may have been intended more for the domestic constituency . However, the government expects some degree of retaliation by Pakistan.

The next step was to mount a diplomatic and political offensive, which included giving information to the Pak envoy and responding to its invective in the UN.

Modi's Kerala speech lulled people into thinking proactive diplomacy would be all India would do but more robust actions followed this week -cornering Pakistan on Indus Waters Treaty and cancelling the SAARC summit. India is now expected to review the MFN status accorded to Pakistan and restricting Pakistan's use of Indian airspace.

DGMO Lt Gen Ranbir Singh described the strikes as being “along the LoC“ but anybody looking at the targets, terrorist launch pads, is aware they are across the LoC. One of the DGMO's first actions was to inform his counterpart of the strike, clarify it was a oneoff and express sympathy for deaths of Pak soldiers stressing the intent was to go after terror camps. The strike was pitched as a counter-terror op, not a military operation, giving Pakistan reason to resist calls for retaliatory escalation.

After the strikes, national security adviser Ajit Doval called his US counterpart, Susan Rice.The White House readout later said Ambassador Rice “strongly condemned“ the attack in Uri.

Before going public, the government briefed the President, vice-president, former PM Manmohan Singh and the J&K leadership. Foreign secretary S Jaishankar later briefed foreign journalists, 28 envoys, think tanks and TV Commentators.

Source>> Economic Times

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