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Watch: Kanwal Sibal spells out India's options after Uri


Despite several terrorist attacks on army targets, India does not seem to have developed a cogent strategy of dealing with them. While most of these attacks originate in Pakistan, the Indian response is often confused and, at best, at the level of launching a diplomatic offensive against Pakistan.

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The latest terrorist attack at an army camp in Uri that resulted in 18 soldiers being killed has, however, changed the public mood. There is an emotional clamour for giving a fitting response to Pakistan. Prime Minister Narendra Modi also said the perpetrators of the terrorist strike at Uri will not go unpunished.

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Nobody, however, knows what an effective response to Pakistan-sponsored terrorism might entail.

There are those who believe that even limited military action could lead to Pakistan using tactical nuclear weapons against India. As for isolating Pakistan internationally, that also is unlikely to be an easy job.

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There are at least two permanent members of the UN Security Council who might come in the way of isolating Pakistan diplomatically - the United States and China. The US needs Pakistan to stabilise Afghanistan; and China is an all-weather friend of Pakistan.

What then are the realistic options before India? Watch this conversation with Former Foreign Secretary Kanwal Sibal on the possible Indian responses to Pakistan-sponsored terrorism.

Bharat Bhushan @Bharatitis

Editor of Catch News, Bharat has been a hack for 25 years. He has been the founding Editor of Mail Today, Executive Editor of the Hindustan Times, Editor of The Telegraph in Delhi, Editor of the Express News Service, Washington Correspondent of the Indian Express and an Assistant Editor with The Times of India.