Would LoC ceasefire survive?

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JAVAID MALIK

Recent escalation of tension on the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir has triggered a war of words between India and Pakistan. Killing of a few soldiers on both the sides is threatening the very existence of the 10-year old ceasefire along LoC in JK. 
Recent Indo-Pak thaw and talks about both the countries moving ahead in every field seem to have vanished in thin air. The hype created by the media has added fuel to the fire and if one really takes the media discussions seriously one more Indo-Pak war breaking out seems to be on cards. This shows how fragile the India-Pakistan relationship is, even a minor incident leads to war mongering.  Tough posturing of both the countries indicates that they talking about friendship and improving the ties is just confined to papers only.
LoC skirmishes have proved one more point that Kashmir is a bone of contention for both the countries and its resolution is must for India and Pakistan to live in peace. Otherwise Kashmir can become a cause of destruction for both the nations at any point of time. Unresolved Kashmir poses threat to the very existence of both the neighbours having nuclear weapons. 
Kashmiris are not against both the countries being concerned about their soldiers guarding their frontiers. What pinches a common Kashmiri is that both the countries are indifferent towards him/her. More than one lakh people have died and thousands have disappeared since 1990 in JK but it hardly seems to matter for India and Pakistan. Their cold response makes a common Kashmiri believe that his life has no value. 
When 2010 summer unrest, in which more than 120 people were killed, was at its peak in the Kashmir Valley both India and Pakistan were busy consolidating their relations. There were no reactions. Not even from Pakistan. When it comes to any of their own men dying, tensions flare up and war mongering gains momentum.
 People who are talking about war at present seem to be outraged. They believe war would solve all the issues. But they seem to forget that armed conflicts only add to the woes of common people and it is they (masses) who suffer.
Even if India and Pakistan decide to take on each other it would not have much impact on the people of JK as they have been witnessing a war like situation for the past 22- years. A war can spell doom for the people of both India and Pakistan as both the countries possess the weapons of mass destruction. People who are advocating war need to realize that times have changed and three or four major strikes from both the sides can turn India and Pakistan into a graveyard. 
Armies of both the countries have been sitting silently for the past 10-years on the LoC, but one cannot expect soldiers to just hold on to their guns without using them. Soldiers irrespective of any country are trained for battles. You can’t ask them to remain in the battlefield forever without using their weapons. If both the countries really want to live in peace then they have to find a way rather than holding useless talks and announcing ineffective Confidence Building Measures which can be shattered by a few gunshots from either side. (Feedbackmalikjavaid123@gmail.com)

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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