While Indians Gun For Pak, Pakistanis Blame India For Pathankot

While Indian Twitter boils, a theory of hatred emerges from Pakistan after Pathankot attacks.

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 An army person stands guard during the operation against militants at the Indian Air Force base in Pathankot on Monday. (Photo: PTI)

The attack on the Pathankot air base has provided a rude wake up call amid the comfortable and hopeful reverie created by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s surprise visit to Pakistan.

The attack and the following gun battle has claimed the lives of seven Indian soldiers. Even as the number of terrorists remains unknown, the death of six has only further fuelled the blood-thirst on both sides.

The imminent meeting between Indian and Pakistani foreign secretaries on January 15-16 in Islamabad is, quite obviously, being questioned.

Former journalist with BBC India, Tufail Ahmad points out the mass Indian opinion – the onus of the surprise attack on the Indian Air Force base is directly on Pakistan.

However, another theory making rounds in Pakistan has culminated into hashtags like #IndiaFakePlot, and #HumTumAurPathankot.

A Parallel Theory: Recipe For Hatred

A parallel theory that has been making rounds in Pakistan is a promising recipe of inviting the wrath of Indian patriots: India killed its own soldiers to disrupt peace-talks.

The belief that the Indian elements against the peace talks deliberately plotted the attack, has gained attention in Pakistan.

Indian Anger

The Indian media had a field day in Pathankot today. A Pakistan-based terror group claimed responsibility for the attack, only stoking the fire among Indians.

Ahmad’s (the author of Jihadist Threat to India) opinion undoubtedly resonates with the countrymen.

But the opinion makers of the country are now making clear suggestions to the government, almost mirroring the social media troll fights.

Ahmad has voiced his opinion about what exactly India should do next – instead of dinners in Lahore – punish and fight.

Let’s just say that a lot depends on whether the meeting between the two foreign secretaries takes place or not.

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