‘Preemptive strikes’ is a problematic term in international law

The newly appointed Indian Army chief, General Manoj Naravane, in a stern message to Pakistan, said that India reserves the right to preemptively strike at the sources of terror threats if the neighbouring country does not stop State-sponsored terrorism. It is clear that the Bharatiya Janata Party government believes that cross-border use of force is the “new normal” in dealing with terrorism emanating from Pakistan.

The 2016 surgical strikes against terrorist launch pads across the Line of Control and the 2019 Balakot airstrikes on terror camps in Pakistan clearly point to this trend. Read More

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