Apply Restraint

During past couple of years, there has been considerable improvement in Indo-Pak relations. With increasing people-to-people contact, flexibility in visa regulations, exchange of delegations, and enhanced trade relations, the clouds of mistrust that often overshadowed the relations have started dispersing.  This hard earned improvement in the relations between Islamabad and New Delhi that followed ending of the nine-month-old military standoff and signing of ceasefire in 2003 needs to be preserved. The army build up across the LOC during the period had cost 3.93 billion US dollars to India and 1.4 billion US dollars to Pakistan.  Millions living below poverty line in the two countries could have been provided with basic amenities with this money.
The armed force have a special role to play in strengthening the relation between the two countries by observing restraint. On Sunday once again armies of the two countries exchanged heavy artillery fire in Uri sector damaging about half a dozen residential houses in Chaurnda, last village on our side in Haji Peer Sector of Uri. Shelling from across reportedly started in the middle of night and continued until early morning. More than 200 shells landed in the tiny village injuring two persons according to a report. Pakistan claimed that Indian army crossed the LOC in Uri Sector and stormed a military post killing one of its soldiers and injuring another. India army denied the allegation. Whatever the truth, the ceasefire violations do not augur well for lasting peace between the two neighbors. Since 2012, there have been over six dozen ceasefire violations in different sectors along the LOC. Moreover, according to a report, there have been over thirty violations along the International Border that falls in Jammu-Kathua sector. The people of Jammu and Kashmir living on both sides of the LOC have all along been the worst victims of the ceasefire violation. Since the division of the state, thousand have been killed, maimed, and crippled and property worth billions destroyed on both the sides of the Line in clashes and encounters between the two armies. The 2003, ceasefire had come as a boon  for people living across the LOC, its sanctity needs to be maintained.   

Lastupdate on : Mon, 7 Jan 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Mon, 7 Jan 2013 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Tue, 8 Jan 2013 00:00:00 IST

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