Is India and Pakistan heading for a war over Article 370? Pakistan has moved its Air Force closer to the border and sought to raise the matter in the United Nations Security Council.(UNSC).
The Indian intelligence agencies have spotted at least three Pakistan Air Force transport aircraft C-130 bringing equipment to Skardu airbase.
There are reports that Pakistan is moving its fighter aircraft at forward airbase Skardu near Ladakh as
Pakistan is expected to deploy Chinese made JF-17 fighter aircraft at Skardu airbase.
Meanwhile in the United Nations, as China raised the move to scrap the special status granted to Jammu and Kashmir and bifurcate the state into two Union Territories with India and days after Pakistan approached the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) over J&K, Poland — which currently holds the UNSC presidency — has made it clear that Delhi and Islamabad should find a solution “bilaterally”.
This is the first time that Poland has spoken out on the heightened diplomatic tension between India and Pakistan. This also puts a lid on Pakistan’s attempts to raise the issue at the UNSC for the time being.
In the past, Pakistan has used the air base to support its Army operations on the border with India.
JF-17 is now the backbone of the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) defence as US has stopped sale of new F16 aircraft to Pakistan.
Chinese JF-17 is a single-engine fighter which can be used for ground attack and aircraft interception. However, unlike India’s top-line aircraft Su-30, which can carry 8 beyond-visual-range (BVR) missiles, JF-17 can carry only four BVR missiles.
Indian Air Force is already on high alert and has been conducting Combat Air Patrol (CAP) over Jammu and Kashmir.
IAF has the Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) aircraft to monitor the airspace deep inside the enemy territory and operates on secure communication with network-centric warfare capabilities.
Pakistan’s government and Army are under pressure from the domestic front to do something after Centre revoked article 370 from Jammu and Kashmir (J&K).
Skardu Airport is a domestic civil airport in Skardu in Gilgit-Baltistan area of Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK), which also serves as PAF’s forward operating base.