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Diplomacy averts war but Pakistan worried over strategic imbalance due to Modi’s visit

Diplomacy is known for reducing or averting conflicts and war but Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Israel is being closely watched by Pakistan with fears that growing ties between India and Israel including defence cooperation would disturb strategic balance in the South Asian region with direct bearing on Pakistan.

Not only political establishment but Pakistan military, spy agency, defence experts and analysts view that Modi’s Israel visist is aimed at countering Pakistan’s military strength.

The Defense industry of Israel is a strategically important sector and close ties between India and Israel amounts to sharing of modern defence technologies of America to New Delhi through Israel.

The tensions between India and Pakistan has escalated to an optimum level at this juncture and it can propel “India’s missile programme, something that would undermine Pakistan’s policy of maintaining credible deterrence,” said a Pakistani defence expert.

Analysts have advocated maintaining working relationship with Israel, if not establishing full diplomatic ties, in order to further and protect Pakistan’s interests.

Israel is a a major supplier of arms and other defence equipment to India and those deals have deliberately been kept secret by the two sides. However, the two countries are now more open and publicly talk about their deepening defence cooperation.

In today’s world, diplomatic ties with every country are very important  and for this reason even former president Pervez Musharraf in 2005 established contacts with Israel but things could not make headway further after that.

There is a growing debate in Pakistan on how it needs to change its foreign policy parameters to cope with strategic changes in the region, including the Saudi Arabia-Qatar row.

“If India can cement ties with Israel while at the same time maintaining diplomatic ties with its enemy Iran, why can’t Pakistan also show flexibility in its foreign policy,” defence analyst Lt-Gen (retd) Amjad Shoaib argued.

At a time when Saudi Arabia is thinking of establishing relations with Israel, Pakistan has to see what is good for its interests in the region,” he said. “We need to check mate India’s aggressive diplomatic moves.”

These days countries are working to enlarge their sphere of influence in a changing world system  and both Indian prime Minister Narendra Modi and Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu reteirated that “India is a victim of terrorism. Israel is a victim of terrorism and the epicentre of terrorism is Pakistan.”

Israel is known for possessing world class weapons. Israel receives a lot of assistance from the US and Germany to build up its arsenal. But they have a very strong local defence industry and improve their weapons continuously with new additions thus establishing a high-quality weaponry system and formidable military in the region.

Pakistan military, spy agency ISI and terror outfits are concerned about the kind of deals that India and Israel are signing and the talks PM Modi and Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu is holding as Modi has made terrorism a focal subject in every foreign country tour and this time again both Modi and Netanyahu reiterated that  “India and Israel has been a victim of terrorism and the epicenter of terrorism is Pakistan.”

Aware of the wider strategic implications for the region arising out of a close partnership between India and Israel, and also understanding the meaning of both countries talking about joining hands against terrorism, Pakistan media says, “One of the subjects on which the Indian media has created a lot of hype is the threat emanating from terrorism. It has worked hard to relate terrorism with Pakistan and blame it.

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By : Arti Bali

Senior Journalist

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