Lahore: The Center for Security, Strategy and Policy Research (CSSPR), University of Lahore and the Center for Aerospace and Security Studies (CASS), Islamabad organized a one-day conference titled “Deconstructing Balakot Strikes: Pakistan’s Conventional War-Fighting Doctrine & The Way Forward” on Monday, November, 11 at University of Lahore. An illustrious group of panelists discussed various dimensions of the Balakot crisis ranging from politico-strategic underpinnings to the impact it could have on escalation patterns in the future. The speakers drew attention towards India’s bellicose rhetoric and its ever-increasing proclivity to teach Pakistan a lesson, things which they argued necessitate sound security, military and foreign policymaking by Islamabad with a focus on changing the approach from a lackadaisical one to a proactive one. In his keynote address in the conference, President CASS and former Chief of Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Kaleem Saadat, remarked that India’s induction of lethal weapons in its armoury makes it all the more important for Pakistan to chalk-out cost-effective ways to neutralize threats emanating from India. He also stated that the option to apply military power must always remain on the table in order to strengthen Pakistan’s response mix viz India. The participants agreed that the strategic culture prevalent in India is one of the biggest threats to peace and stability on the Subcontinent, and Pakistan must expand all its elements of national power to thwart India’s grandiose designs.
The panelists discussed at length about the implications of Pakistan’s Swift Retort in response to the Balakot strikes. While lauding the PAF for its stupendous performance that disrupted India’s calculus and changed the narrative about Pakistan’s wherewithal, emphasis was laid on continuous improvement in war-readiness and war-fighting capabilities in a bid to meet India’s nefarious designs in the future. Chairman BoG, University of Lahore Mr. Awais Raoof thanked President CASS, Air Chief Marshall, Kaleem Saadat and his team for visiting the University and engaging in day long deliberations on deconstructing Balakot strikes and discussing Pakistan’s conventional war-fighting doctrine.