Pakistan ‘warns’ India


Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s speech is still resonating in Pakistan. The recently concluded seminar on the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and Gilgit-Baltistan witnessed numerous charged speeches against India’s alleged subversive activities to sabotage the CPEC project. Last among these speeches came from Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif. He said that the army was ready to go to any extent for peace in the country and its security and stability. The army chief spoke about the overall fight against terrorism, security of CPEC projects, strategic importance of Gilgit-Baltistan, and their role in CPEC. Referring to Modi’s recent statements, General Sharif said, “Let Modi and RAW know that our borders are secure. We know our enemy and its conspiracies, and we will leave no stone unturned to defeat those plots.”
Delhi’s ‘apprehension’ of CPEC is known, and it has not made a secret of the same. Sentiments of the people of Pakistan also match that of the army chief, but it is only in Pakistan that such a statement came from the army chief and not the prime minister. At a time when relations between Pakistan and India are already strained, choice of words and person they come from matter a great deal, as diplomatic relations, primarily, hinge on the right rhetoric and the effective intonation.