KASHMIR is commonly depicted as an atomic flashpoint. Reference to Pakistan and India being atomic outfitted neighbors is regularly refered to in the midst of uplifted pressure between the two nations and as an update that they should evade a full scale strife. The Aug 5 Indian move to add India-held Kashmir (IHK), the draconian lockdown in the Valley since that date, and crazy Indian cases to Azad Kashmir have made a drastically new and risky circumstance which has been the subject of broad remark.

In an ongoing Dawn article, my regarded senior associate envoy Ashraf Jehangir Qazi indicated a looming annihilation in the Valley and recommended that “if the individuals of the Valley are compromised with massacre, as in fact they may be, Pakistan’s [nuclear] hindrance must cover them”. The idea of atomic discouragement has an inbuilt uncertainty, yet given the gravity of the topic, it needs further examination.

Two inquiries promptly ring a bell. Will the post-Aug 5 conditions in IHK transform into a destructive emergency and in what capacity should Pakistan react to such a circumstance? Second, what extensively supports Pakistan’s deduction on resort to its atomic obstacle and by what means will it apply to Kashmir?

Seemingly, the lockdown of 8,000,000 Kashmiris speaks to a most unforgivable human rights infringement that merits the severest universal judgment, yet in spite of the risk, in the general observation, destruction is attached to enormous scale slaughters, mass departure and global shock. The Indians give off an impression of being maintaining a strategic distance from that tipping point and are endeavoring to seek after determined constraint to exhaust the Kashmiris and lure flexible Kashmiri people to assent in the new diktat. They are set out on a long stretch.

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