Good Omen

It bodes well that the peace process between India and Pakistan is ‘considerably’ back on track. Notwithstanding a section of electronic media orchestrating lot of jingoism and some opposition leaders making inept statements, the leadership in the two countries have exhibited lot of pragmatism in not being swayed by warmongering.  Since the initiation of peace process, the two countries have covered a lot of ground and increased people-to-people contacts. These have helped in bridging the trust deficit to a good extent, though a lot more needs to be done to create conditions and atmosphere for resolution of longstanding disputes.  The External Affairs Minister, Salman Khurshid deserves kudos for his candid and bold statement about government not allowing a section of electronic media with ‘jingoistic conversations and debates’ influencing its resolve to carry forward the peace process.  Appreciating freedom of press he took on a section of media that ‘has been allowing out of context debates on its channels.’ Some of the news channels during recent skirmish along the LOC had blown the situation out of proportion and concocted figures about the violations across the line during past couple of years and made millions across the country ‘believe that the LOC is increasingly dangerous place proving that the peace process has been sabotaged from across’. However, a respected editor of a national daily in a recent article debunked and demolished these fabrications. Since peace process was initiated the ceasefire violation have considerably gone down “from an all time high of 314 security forces, 795 civilians, and 1494 militants killed in 2003; by 2012, only 14 security forces, 23 civilians, and 58 militants were killed.”
One of the major reasons for skirmishes in the past   on the LOC have been construction of an observer post or a bunker on either side of the LOC. To prevent any clashes or violations of the ceasefire in 2005 expert-level talks were held and both the countries had agreed not to develop any new posts and defence works along the Line. It had been also decided that instead of resorting to shelling such disputes would be resolved at flag meetings. It is appreciable that in keeping with the spirit of 2005 agreement the Director Generals of Military Operations of both the countries talked with open mind and saved the peace process from being derailed. To prevent vested interests playing foul it is in best interests of the two countries to hold talks at foreign ministers level immediately.

Lastupdate on : Mon, 21 Jan 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Mon, 21 Jan 2013 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Tue, 22 Jan 2013 00:00:00 IST

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