Indo-Pak brinkmanship

Published at February 14, 2018 01:53 AM 0Comment(s)4755views

Indo-Pak brinkmanship

Pakistan has warned India against carrying out any cross-border strikes in Pakistan administered Kashmir (PaK) after India blamed Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) for   an attack on Sunjawan military station in Jammu on Saturday in which six army men were killed.  Pakistan's foreign ministry reacted sharply to Indian accusation of the involvement in the attack stating that “It is a well-established pattern that Indian officials begin making irresponsible statements and leveling unfounded allegations, even before any proper investigation in any incident has been initiated.” Defence Minister, NirmalaSitharaman, yesterday said Pakistan will "pay" for its role in the attacks and alleged that militants involved in attack on army camp in Jammu were in contact with their handlers in Pakistan. "I wouldn't certainly state a timeline (for action against Pakistan). But will say this, Pakistan will pay for this misadventure. I repeat, Pakistan will pay for it,” she said. The rabble-rousing resorted to by the two sides has further deteriorated their relations, which were affected after the attack on the Indian military base in Uri in which seventeen army men were killed in 2016. The attack had come when the Kashmir region was caught in the grip of protests over the killing of HM militant commander, BurhanMuzafarWani. Firing salvos at India, Pakistan has now said that it was making allegations to divert attention from “its brutality in trying to control the armed revolt in Kashmir” and warned against any retaliatory measures across the Line of Control that divides Kashmir between the nuclear-armed countries. The political atmosphere in Kashmir has already been vitiated after the breakdown in the talks between New Delhi and Hurriyat. Though the Central government has appointed an interlocutor to talk to people, but the dialogue has been held mostly with the mainstream political parties as the Government of India (GoI) emissary has been left without any mandate to resolve the Kashmir problem. Wars with Pakistan, as has been rightly pointed by Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, have failed to solve Kashmir issue. There is no substitute for a credible and result-oriented dialogue to end the festering issue. Since 1947, India and Pakistan have fought many wars including on the high peaks of Kargil, which has resulted into loss of thousands of civilian lives. Warmongering has not fulfilled anyone’s interests and there is no alternative other than the talks. The hard-line approach adopted by the current BJP dispensation at the Centre was only making things worse and the party should shun the rigid approach to ensure that peace was restored in Kashmir.





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