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Pakistan's Cross Border Terrorism - The Pathankot attack

The Pathankot attack – a January 2016 terror attack by irregular forces based in Pakistan targeting Indian strategic military resources – is a specific case study that allows us to observe and test the functionality of conceptual and legal frameworks that are currently used to deal with so-called ‘terrorist’ attacks. While the immediate objective of the Pathankot attack –to inflict considerable damage to the air logistics of the Indian armed forces– was not achieved, so far the Pakistani military establishment has been successful in its strategic objective to derail the Indo-Pakistani diplomatic dialogue, while avoiding any sanctions for their blatant disregard of international law and openly supporting terrorism.

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