When it comes to the phrase India-Pakistan or Indo-Pak, this phrase doesn't simply end there. It is followed by words likes Kashmir; 1965 war; Operation Gibraltar; Operation Grand Slam; Siachin; Sir Creek; Bangladesh-1971; Smiling Buddha; Javaid Miandad’s six; Kargil war; Mumbai Attack; IPL; Pathankot; Uri attack; surgical strike; Nagrota attack. Actually all these aren't mere words. They are wounds of 70 years which they have inflicted on one another. This is exactly what India-Pakistan have shared over all these years. The animosity and anger for one another is always at its peak. A small misunderstanding here or there can escalate into war in no time. The mutual distrust and rivalry in all spheres of life is just what you get when you try to understand the relationship between the two nuclear states.
Since independence it was Pakistan which remained aggressive and belligerent nations. But of late we are observing a sea change in their approach. Pakistan now behaves or may be just pretending to behave like more a mature and genuine nation. It appears to us as if Pakistan is not interested in creating war hysteria or starting the one. While India on the other side is becoming more and more a belligerent nation. Because from Indian perspective everything unpleasant in India is Pak-import. So war hysteria here is on boil.
And it has been escalating since the arrival of Modi. But the thing is what prompts Pakistan to carry on with this unusual behaviour of restraint and calling for peace time and time again. This surely isn't the Pakistani way of dealing with India. Therefore it has become matter of debate for defence and other political analysts to understand the internal dynamics in Pakistan. As to why Pakistan is showing restraint. There are crystal clear reasons for this approach of Pakistan.
First things that comes to mind is the stability of Pakistan: Stability has been the Pakistan’s worst enemy. It never came closer to it. But ever since the start of the operation Zarb-e-Azb, Pakistan moved towards stability, albeit slowly.
Today Pakistan is in a stable state, at least from their own standards and I feel they have never ever been in such position of stability before. The threat that TTP and MQM posed is near end. All these organisations now lack strength to destabilise Pakistan big time. Occasionally blasts are taking place but the rout which we have seen between 2009-2012 are stories of yesteryears. In order to maintain this position Pakistan will never ever dare to drag itself into a war not at least with a country like India. The logic is clear; they don't simply want to lose the gains of war on terror by going into another war. For they give the rouge elements an opportunity to regroup and destabilise Pakistan again which would be nightmarish thing and may even take the shape of 1971 which may see Pakistan minus Balochistan.
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