Monday, May 16, 2022

India’s Hybrid War against Pakistan

Hybrid warfare is an evolving domain in which unconventional means of war fighting against the adversary state are used rather than a formal declaration of war. It has extended the battlefield to almost every segment of states and their societies as opposed to traditionally being restricted to be fought between the militaries. In South Asia, India’s active hybrid war has been intensified in recent years. This intensification, along with other Indian aspirations is also significant for India because, since the acquisition of nuclear weapons by Pakistan, the chances of an all-out war in South Asia have been eliminated. This seems to be one of the reasons behind a considerable increase in the hybrid and indirect threats from India. In recent years, India’s grave agenda to destabilize Pakistan has taken more momentum. In this regard, along with other components, India has been using information war as a major hybrid tool against Pakistan. This is further aimed at radicalizing the Pakistani society and ultimately achieving the goal of damaging Pakistan. This would likely serve as one of the major security challenges coming from India in the years to come.

Pakistan since inception has been subjected to numerous threats endangering its security and sovereignty. Nuclearisation of South Asia, globalization, economic preferences and internationalization of issues has restricted space for conventional war. Thus forcing belligerents to fight in grey zone, with no fear of attribution and India is no exception. Thus besides threats in conventional domain evaluation of threats from India in Hybrid Domain deems necessary for improving the response of Pakistan.

India’s Hybrid Warfare strategy against Pakistan is built on five major fronts around Pakistan’s perceived weakness to Destabilize, Demoralize, & Disintegrate Pakistan

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