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Why does the gun attack on Pakistan's former Prime Minister matter to India?

The attack on Pakistan's former PM, Imran Khan, has been hailed as an attack on democracy. The assassination attempt on Pakistan's deposed Prime Minister Imran Khan has made headlines in India, where he is a household name. Despite the strained relations between Delhi and Islamabad, Mr. Khan is a well-known figure in the country.



During a press conference on Thursday, India's External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Arindam Bagchi stated that India was "closely monitoring" the situation in Pakistan.

Political commentator Sanjay Baru called the assassination attempt on Mr. Khan's life a "turning point," writing in the Indian Express newspaper that it had "dramatically raised the stakes" on the challenges facing Pakistan's political leadership.


However, there are many interested in seeing Mr. Khan fail, such as Islamic fundamentalists and pro-Taliban forces. India is also not a fan of Mr. Khan because he has advocated peace talks with their bitter rivals for the past 20 years—the Pakistani Taliban.


So what does this mean for India? It means their number one focus should be on ensuring that Pakistan continues to be politically unstable and economically struggling because if things continue to go well, then it could mean worse terrorism in Kashmir and other parts of India.

We need to take out the fact that Pakistan is doomed. No matter what happens, India's enemies will continue to seek more instability, and the more political turmoil there is in Pakistan, the less it means for New Delhi.


The other thing is that we have to look at this from a long-term perspective. Soon enough, people will be asking us why Jammu and Kashmir have been under a curfew again while the entire nation and its capital are celebrating 15 years of peace.

Why is the entire nation not celebrating?


In war, the enemy observes the end of its enemies. After the enemies are defeated, they are left with nothing. That is known as defeat. In a democratic war, it is different. There is a second round being fought. The enemy also keeps fighting, but in different ways and in different places. It waits for our winning streak to end and then begins firing again on all fronts, including Kashmir and other parts of India, where we have suffered the greatest losses of human lives and resources in this war against Pakistanis.


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