Tribes in Pakistan’s mountain provinces have declared their support for the government in case of a war with neighboring India. This comes as even the Taliban has stated that it would help Pakistan fight their enemy India. In fact, the tribes have offered 60,000 forces to fight the Indians, which could be utilized in guerilla warfare.
These nationalist sentiments appear to be stoked despite an attack from India. While India has been shuffling troops, the threat of an actual attack is relatively low. And if these forces decided to fight against India, it is doubtful that they would fight within the Pakistani military’s ranks. Thusly, they would be outside the government’s control. After a war with India, no matter the outcome, these irregular and seasoned forces could overthrow a weakened administration in Islamabad. Not to mention any foreign mujahadeen who could come to help in case of a war with India. After the war was completed, they could strike against the democratic Pakistani government. This scenario would be similar to the demise of Afghanistan after the withdrawal of the Soviets in 1989.