Tension between India and Pakistan is rising after India's surgical strikes against terrorist launch pads across the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir. India has clearly given up on strategic restraint against Pakistan.
However, what is not clear is how this situation might escalate. While denying that any cross-LoC strikes by Indian security forces took place, Pakistan has nonetheless warned that any misadventure by its adversaries will be met with a befitting response.
Strategic experts have warned that India should not indulge in chest thumping, and must not read too much into Pakistan underplaying the incident by denying it altogether. It could just be buying time to consider its various options of retaliating against India.
This retaliation could take place on the LoC, or it may even result in deniable terrorist strikes on Indian missions in Kabul, Jalalabad and Kandahar.
Watch this conversation with former foreign secretary Kanwal Sibal, which explores the ways in which the present Indo-Pak tension could escalate, and its possible consequences.