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Pakistan neither has capability nor capacity to take on India conventionally, says Retd Major General Sinha

Border tensions escalated after Pakistan carried out airstrikes and shot down two Indian jets on Wednesday. Major General (Retired) KK Sinha and defence expert BS Malik, Air Marshal Nirdosh Tyagi, Former Deputy Chief of the Air Staff, Sharat Sabharwal, Former Indian Ambassador to Pakistan and Vishnu Prakash, former diplomat, the former ambassador to Canada and South Korea shared their views on the strike.

Border tensions escalated after Pakistan carried out airstrikes and shot down two Indian jets on Wednesday. Major General (Retired) KK Sinha and defence expert BS Malik, Air Marshal Nirdosh Tyagi, Former Deputy Chief of the Air Staff, Sharat Sabharwal, Former Indian Ambassador to Pakistan and Vishnu Prakash, former diplomat, the former ambassador to Canada and South Korea shared their views on the strike.
“Pakistan requires a face-saving and this gives the window. You must understand that they have not violated the air space, they have remained on that side of LoC but of course, there was an agreement between India and Pakistan that 10 kilometres on both sides are the buffer zone where there is no flying takes place of the combat aircraft when it is loaded. So they have come in that area. So in that sense, it is a violation of air space. They have done that in a broad daylight and they are making a statement that they are doing it in retaliation of what we did. So as a professional, I feel that we must give the window to Pakistan. Pakistan has to face its own public, its own people, so we have to give them a face-saving. Pakistan – if they have done it and they are stopping it here, I give them a window,” Sinha said.
Talking about where Pakistan can take on India, he said, “Pakistan, in my judgement, is not in a position – neither they have the capability nor the capacity to take on India conventionally. We have done the absolutely precise thing and gone deep inside. So let Pakistan do it, we must allow this gimmick to carry on. This is a window, it is like a safety wall."
“This will settle down. Their economic condition is not such that they can get into the war scenario. It will hover between sub-conventional and conventional far below the war and this comes in the realm of conventional, so I will put it into sub-conventional and conventional far below the level of the war between the two countries. That is where the situation is likely to remain. Let us not be upset. There is always that one-off chance of someone taking an irrational decision on the Pakistan side for reasons other than what is happening on the ground. Both the sides are making very careful statements, non-escalatory and they are trying to avoid the military targets but from the Pakistan side, all the talk that they have given about warning India that they will retaliate, they have to do something. So it is one of those actions that they are showing their public that the Indian Air Force (IAF) has come down but our air force is also doing something. Ultimately there will be collateral damage howsoever careful you can be. I think they should refrain from it and not take this madness beyond a point,” Malik said.