"No country, including China, has spoken in favour of Pakistan", accepted Husain Haqqani, former Pakistani Ambassador to the US after the Indian Air Force crushed Pakistan terror camps to a pulp in a matter of 17 minutes. US, Australia, France, and other world countries issued statements condemning Pakistan for breeding terrorists on their soil and asserted that the world's patience on terrorist safe havens is running thin.
Even after the strike, Pakistan's Army and Foreign Ministry, one after another, issued statements which made Imran Khan's 'Naya Pakistan' a bit embarrassed of their own government. Mr. Husain Haqqani, who is at odds with the Pakistan Army, is currently serving as the Director of South and Central Asia at the Hudson Institute think-tank, his latest book is "Reimagining Pakistan: Transforming a Dysfunctional Nuclear State".
Talking about how things are not going good for Pakistan in terms of the global stage, Mr. Haqqani said:
"It is telling that no country has spoken out in Pakistan's favour after the Indian air strike. Even China called for restraint on both sides instead of supporting Pakistan in protesting India's violation of Pakistan's air space. Hyper-nationalist sentiment in Pakistan may not want to recognise it but the world's patience on terrorist safe havens is running thin and that is not good for Pakistan".
Another Pakistani scholar Moeed Yusuf, often considered to be close to the establishment, agreed that the global opinion was not with Pakistan.
"Given that global opinion is with India, whether a skirmish occurs in Pakistani or Indian airspace doesn't matter as much. So Pakistan will do its best to absorb this strike and not escalate," said Moeed Yusuf.
"Of course, the paradox is that the more successful an Indian strike, the more difficult it is for Pakistan to look the other way," he added.
It is clear that Pakistan is spooked after IAF brought down Pakistan terror camps to dust by conducting an air strike on Tuesday. India bombed and destroyed Jaish-e-Mohammed's (JeM) biggest training camp in Balakot in Pakistan's restive Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, about 80-km from the Line of Control (LoC), killing a "very large number" of terrorists, trainers and senior commanders."
The strike was the first by the Indian Air Force (IAF) inside Pakistan after the 1971 war.
The air strike came 12 days after the JeM carried out a suicide attack in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama district that killed 40 CRPF soldiers. India launched a major diplomatic offensive against Islamabad after the Pulwama attack and highlighted Pakistan's role in using terrorism as an instrument of state policy.
The international community led by the US pressed Pakistan to deny safe haven to terror groups operating from its soil and bring the perpetrators of the Pulwama attack to justice. India has asked Pakistan to take immediate and verifiable action against terrorists and terror groups operating from territories under its control. New Delhi also announced the withdrawal of the Most Favoured Nation status for Pakistan and hiked the customs duty by 200 percent on goods originating from Pakistan.
(With inputs from PTI)