LoC Hostilities

The ongoing hostilities across the Line of Control (LoC) between India and Pakistan have aroused nervousness and anxiety across the globe. The United Nations (UN) has expressed its concern on the situation, and has indicated its inclination to help the two countries in de-escalating the situation. There seems to be widespread concern that such low-level conflagration between the two countries may someday spark a full-blown war between them, thereby reversing all the gains in peace building in recent years. A rational and dispassionate analysis as drawn from the official statements from the two countries on the hostilities reflects the need for a cool-headed approach in understanding the genesis and the circumstances of the killings of the soldiers of both the countries. People in both the countries are sad, and even angry, about the deaths of their soldiers. Lately, New Delhi has rejected Islamabad’s suggestion of the United Nations Military Observers’ Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP) to probe the issue and fix responsibilities. Islamabad has nevertheless lodged a complaint with the UN, and UNMOGIP has indicated that they would be looking into the matter. The environment of accusations and counter accusations has given birth to a perilous situation, where war mongers in the two countries, including some sections of the electronic media, are openly advocating steps that would not help the cause of peace process between the two countries. Given the disagreement for a UN probe, the possible way for now would be for the military and political leaderships of the two countries to sit and jointly understand the circumstances that triggered the hostilities, and fix responsibilities. It would be sad for sensible actors of the two countries’ establishments to fall to the environment of war mongering and jingoism and lose the gains of a peace process that has achieved some good degree of progress in recent years. 

Lastupdate on : Fri, 11 Jan 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Fri, 11 Jan 2013 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Sat, 12 Jan 2013 00:00:00 IST

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