I posted the following somewhere and thought we could discuss the matter here also. #
Re: Freeing Kashmir militarily
IMHO, if we aren't willing to try to fight for Kashmir we have to accept that there is no other solution to the problem for us then to accept the LOC as international boundary and leave the whole issue. I don't think there is any likely of India ever giving up an inch of territory in Kashmir through dialogue. I also think that given the Indians recent 'water terrorism' as some call it, it has become abundantly clear that the Indians aren't going to make it easy for Pakistan to leave the matter alone. The more we give them space and signals of peace, the more they feel they can push us. The water issue isn't going to be solved itself especially given the Indian attitude to towards us and ours about our own interests.
The situation of Pakistan vs India isn't so impossible that it should be considered outside the realm of possibility. Given time and effort we could reach a position from which it may be tried. We just have to realize that it may require some thinking outside the box - there are examples of much smaller forces taking on (and winning from) much larger stronger foe. From the top of my head there are a few points to consider-
---Why not use large numbers of foot soldiers with basic tools. We have a large population of able bodied youth which could be trained for the job. After Napoleon defeated the Prusians and forced them to limit their military numbers they devised an interesting plan. Firstly, they started nationwide movements that aimed to train youths and promote nationalism. Secondly, they started recruiting training and retiring army personnel quickly. Pakistan could similar techniques to raise reasonably trained soldiers in a short enough time in large numbers.
However, given our recent troubles with anti-state elements I would prefer these programs be state run under army supervision. Add a good speaker for motivation who focuses on two points during training:
a)Fighting against the state would make them Khuwarij.
b)Kashmir is a legit cause for Jihad.
Like an advance version of that course they had back in the day for students. Can't remember the name.
---Equip them with cost effective weapons that can be manufactures in large numbers. We already produce Shoulder fired anti air (Anza) and Anti Armour (Bakhtar Shikan) so these can be produced en-mass along with other weapons we produce.
--- We could fortify our border and use most of the low trained tropes to man the posts there supervised by ex-servicemen who are in the condition to serve. This would free up a lot of the well trained force to be used for offensive ops. The bulk of the trained fighters should be sent into the Kashmir theatre used for ambushing the Indian forces and using gorilla tactics ahead of the Army. Pak Army engages the Indians head on, these guys attack their supply lines and other vulnerable targets.
---The problem remains of the air-force and how to counter the Indian superiority in that field. We obviously can't spend our way to victory so we would have to use cheaper methods and tactics. If my memory serves me right, the Egyptians knew the Israelis had a superior air-force so they devised their tactics accordingly. They used infantry spread out formations to counter it, instead of using a lot of armour of air force to fight them off. This was effective enough and allowed them to make significant gains initially.
We could also invest in advance SAM systems and other defences to help supplement our AF. The point is not to match the Indian AF unit for unit rather to hold them off sufficiently and provide sufficient cover to achieve the targets.
I am not sure if this is even possible but if the AWACS could be used to help make our effectively BVR capable, as in F7ps just carry SD10s and the AWACS controls the target selection and guidance. Just an idea.
---One important things we could try is to get some fighters– of the 'really motivated' variety—in before hand to attack their Airbases during the conflict. Same could be used with Navy and Army.
---I am sure there are ways to use cheaper tactics – like use a bunch of fast torpedo and missile boats and deploy many Sonar devises in the see that could help us see the see enemy movements. I don't know much about this – but I am sure there are ways to minimize the threat to our ports and avoid getting blockaded.
All of these could be put into action given sufficient time and effort on our part. Or maybe I just don't like idea of giving up on Kashmir and Pakistan bowing in front of India.