India & Pakistan

The ‘enemy’ factor

Print edition : May 10, 2019

Prime Minister Imran Khan arrives to attend a military parade to mark Pakistan National Day in Islamabad on March 23. Photo: Anjum Naveed/AP

A banner put up near the BJP headquarters in Lucknow on March 5 by a former party MP claiming that the Pulwama attack had been avenged. In his election speeches, Prime Minister Narendra Modi claimed that no Indian government had given such a befitting reply to Pakistan. Photo: Rajeev Bhatt

A madarasa situated at Jaba village near Balakot close to the site where the Indian military aircraft struck on February 26, according to Pakistani officials. This picture was taken during a trip organised by the Pakistan government on April 10. Photo: REUTERS

India’s retaliatory air raid after the Pulwama suicide attack gives a fillip to the BJP’s election campaign, but Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan’s responses win appreciation from the international community and weakens the BJP’s plans to build a nationalist narrative around the episode.
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