India’s missile misadventure: a wake-up call for all

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With tensions lingering between the two rival nuclear neighbors, a single reckless act could escalate the crisis to an irreversible level. India reserves the toll on its adventurism and uncalculated risks as it continues to overlook possible consequences and the other side’s recent and proven ability to react quickly. three years ago. The so-called accidental firing of the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile a few days ago across the border breaching Pakistan’s airspace is another proof of India’s recklessness and lack of wisdom. It is high time for international stakeholders to put aside their biased uprising of India and blame it for its abnormally escalating aggression before it becomes a tragedy for all.

By maintaining a record of recklessness, India is jeopardizing regional stability and security. West’s continued misunderstanding of this fact adds fuel to the fire. Recently, the United States’ endorsement of India’s statement on accidental missile launches comes as no surprise. The United States must realize that the repercussions of this continued irrationality on one side would escalate the ever-existing tensions between the two nuclear-weapon states and ultimately drag the entire world into a blind cataclysm.

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What could have gotten worse?

The missile could have hit the inhabited area and killed many people. Traveling at an estimated height of 40,000 feet, it could have struck international and domestic operational flights at the time. From its original route, captured by the PAF Air Defense Operations Center at 6:43 p.m., the missile maneuvered towards Pakistan and crashed near Mian Channu at 6:50 p.m.; this seven-minute duration could have been enough to bring about a justifiable decisive retaliatory strike as defensive in nature.

Having a reckless neighbor in the backyard requires a high level of responsibility and wisdom that is repeatedly demonstrated by Pakistani leaders, but if India’s recklessness continued, the outcome would be no different than a full-scale war ending in nuclear disaster.

Is it sufficient?

An internal investigation of a matter involving violation of another state’s airspace is an unacceptable excuse. Nor does it guarantee the prevention of such acts in the future when the world’s great power and largest stakeholder silently observes the reckless actions. Firm measures under international supervision are necessary to avoid such harmful incidents.

Currently, India has to answer for the credibility of its arsenal safety and security mechanism and related protocols. How an Indian missile accidentally veered off course and entered Pakistani airspace? Why didn’t India inform Pakistan of the accidental launch? Provided BrahMos originated in a joint venture, is India’s Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) missile technology reliable enough? Are India’s military and political leaders able to make sound decisions while keeping the world’s deadliest weapons?

First, it is necessary to hold the authority or personnel concerned liable for a charge under the Airspace Act for the accidental launch claimed during routine maintenance, its trajectory ending in Pakistan and the the inability of the person concerned to communicate the incident in time because of who could have been at the origin of the strategic military conflict. Secondly, there is a need for a joint investigation with international participation to determine the credibility of India’s missile technology and military leadership and the extent to which India is handling strategic weapons and fissile materials given previous incidents of fissile material theft.

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Third, India obviously needs to assure its neighbors and the international community that such incidents will be prevented in the future with significant procedural and behavioral changes at the level of political and military leadership. Fourthly, India should strictly observe and strengthen communication channels, their speed and efficiency, with its nuclear neighbors.

Futuristically, under the current course of Western silence and irresponsibility, such acts by India are likely to become so frequent as to compel Pakistan to respond, which would surely be unfortunate for the initiator of the conflict. The region’s threat actor and its compromised governance with irresponsible leadership is the greatest threat to South Asia and beyond. Unless and until the international community reconsiders its influence over India, the region will never escape the cycle of conflict and instability.

Hananah Zarrar works as Associate Director in Strategic Affairs, Balochistan Think Tank Network (BTTN). She can be contacted at hananahzarrar@bttn.org.pk. The opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the editorial policy of Global Village Space.

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