Indo-China conflict: What’s in it for Pakistan?

Pakistan’s chief of army staff, Qamar Javed Bajwa, recently made a statement on Pakistan’s Defence Day and Martyrs’ Day at the General Headquarters (GHQ) in Rawalpindi that, “We (Pakistan) are facing the challenge that has been imposed (by India) in the form of a fifth-generation or hybrid war.

Its (India’s) purpose is to discredit the country and its armed forces and spread chaos”. Pakistan has been reinforcing the narrative, targeting India’s military and diplomatic positioning, and strategic partnerships that Pakistan perceives could potentially challenge its anti-India strategy, which relies on sponsoring a proxy war through terrorism and anti-India propaganda with regards to Kashmir.

Ashraf Jehangir Qazi, a Pakistani diplomat, in his article published in The News on September 11, highlighted the strong probability of Pakistan opting for nuclear weapons against India to negotiate the issue of Kashmir. General Bajwa’s statement and Ashraf Qazi’s comments come at the peak of tensions between India and China. Pakistan and China share a deep strategic

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