Tensions between India and Pakistan have reached new heights over recent months as both countries have accused the other of violating the ceasefire. Both nations recently risked escalating the situation even further after shelling took place across the contested border in Kashmir.
The Indian Army accused the Pakistani Army of violating the ceasefire at three various locations along the border and shots were fired.
But Daniel Markey, a senior research professor in international relations at John Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, argued the conflicts could benefit India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
He told Express.co.uk: “If you look at the Indian side, you’ll see a legitimate Indian argument, voiced by many inside and outside the government.
“Dealing with Pakistan never worked, excepting the status quo in Kashmir wasn’t working for India either.”
Mr Markey added: “It was a very strategic move and that India was willing to pay short term costs in dealing with Pakistan and raise the risks and even to accept that other countries – including China and western countries – would be critical of India’s more aggressive approach.
“But it was necessary for India’s national defence.
“And simultaneously, that hawkish line on Pakistan enjoys the political support of a vast majority of the Indian public.
“So when Prime Minister Modi takes these actions, they are not unpopular, they are electorally beneficial on his part.”
Back in June, there was intense shelling with mortars along the Line of Control on Nowshera of Rajouri.
Although the border disputes have been ongoing for years, a furious row broke out between them earlier this year as two Indian officials went missing in Islamabad.
India’s External Affairs Ministry summoned the Pakistan charge d’affaires Syed Hyder Shah amid accusations the men had been abducted by Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) agents.
Security sources later claimed the officials had been arrested by Pakistani authorities for their alleged involvement in a “hit and run accident”.
Days before this incident, India expelled two Pakistan High Commission officials on charges of espionage.
Over the years, New Delhi and Islamabad have fought deadly conflicts over the region.
Last year, the two countries engaged in cross-border strikes after India accused Pakistan of harbouring insurgents responsible for a suicide attack.
Pakistan continues to deny the charges.