July 17: Dawn report by Baqir Sajjad Syed states that Pakistan and Iran on Monday pledged to further deepen their military cooperation. This was the upshot of Iranian Chief of General Staff Maj Gen Mohammad Bagheri’s visit to Pakistan.
International Business Times: Pakistan Begins War Preparations, Approves Military Response If India Attacks
February 22: International Business Times report by Kalyan Kumar states that tensions between India and Pakistan escalated further with the Pakistan government headed by Imran Khan authorizing its military to “respond decisively and comprehensively to any aggression or misadventure” by neighboring India. Both are nuclear-armed rivals.