ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: Irrespective of having an obvious supremacy in terms of economy and defence perspectives (except in nuclear arsenal), India may not yet be empowered enough to subdue Pakistan.
In its recent article published with the title “After India Loses Dogfight to Pakistan, Questions Arise About Its ‘Vintage’ Military”, The New York Times depicted an appalling scenario for India, saying citing government estimates that the South Asian giant may not even prolong its conventional war against Pakistan for more than 10 days.
“India’s armed forces are in alarming shape,” the article states.
The article states that 68% of military equipments possessed by India is old, despite the fact that India purchased $15 billion arms from the United States in last decade.
Recently, Pakistan-India skirmishes at the Line of Control (LoC) and Working Boundary borders have been exacerbated, which even generated fears of the imminent full-fledged war between the two nuclear-armed Countries.
The escalation of the tension followed an Indian Air Force (IAF) strike on an alleged militant hideout in Pakistan’s northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, which prompted Pakistan to retaliate with its airstrike on the Indian territory.
The retaliation by Pakistan Air Force (PIA) ended up shooting down two Indian fighter jets and capturing of one IAF Wing Commander Abhinandan. Though later Pakistan graciously released the captive pilot as a peace gesture.
The New York Times’ article also questioned the capability of the IAF, saying it was the first aerial engagement between the two Countries in nearly five decades; however, India had to suffer a huge embarrassment and failed in the ordeal.