The main Opposition party Congress has supported idea of India raising rights violations in Balochistan in response to Pakistan's Kashmir rant.
The step may decisively shift the national policy on the recalcitrant neighbour.
After PM Narendra Modi made a strong reference to Balochistan in his Independence Day speech on Monday, former foreign minister Salman Khurshid criticised it and said that Balochistan was Pakistan's internal matter, even warning that raising the issue in public would weaken India's claim on POK.
But the Congress rejected Khurshid's view as his "personal opinion" and stressed that Balochistan had everything to do with India.
In a statement later, AICC spokesman Randeep Surjewala said:"Whether it is Balochistan or POK or other parts of Pakistan, there are violations being committed by Pakistani agencies and armed forces. The Congress feels the violations in Balochistan, the way democracy and democratic dissent is being stifled, India should raise it in bilateral and international fora."
Experts feel that Congress's decision to support Modi's aggression stems less from policy considerations and more from its impact on domestic politics.
With the renewal of disturbance in Kashmir coupled with Pakistan behaving like an "enemy state", mood appears inclined towards a "muscular" response to the neighbour country.
The most vulnerable to the anti-Pak rhetoric are the middle classes and the youth.
Pakistan has a different place in the nationalism debate. it brings in the element of Hindutva polarity.
Any hint of a substance that can consolidate these demographics, like the PM's "tit for tat", would worry the anti-BJP camp before key Assembly polls, they say.