Maintain ceasefire

Or the relations between India and Pakistan will not improve
Notwithstanding his desire for developing friendly ties with India, one wonders if Sharif had realised the difficulties in the way of bridging the gap between the positions of the two countries when he talked to Narendra Modi after the latter’s inauguration. Sharif was keen on initiating some sort of composite dialogue to resolve all disputes with the development of economic ties as a first step towards the goal. Modi however made it clear that peaceful relations with Pakistan could not proceed unless terror was  brought to an end.
Again, one wonders if Sharif had taken all stakeholders on board on the initiative he had taken and the give and take that it involved. Despite the goodwill shown by both sides, there was a recurrence of border  incidents soon after. In July Indian High Commissioner Raghavan complained of ‘unprovoked and unfortunate incidents from Pakistan side’ claiming that  Islamabad was not honouring bilateral agreements. India subsequently cancelled the secretary level talks following criticism of Pakistani High Commissioner Abdul Basit’s meeting with a Hurriyet leader. Sharif meanwhile has been sufficiently weakened on account of domestic agitation and differences with the army. His  speech at the UN General Assembly showed greater emphasis on the Kashmir dispute than seen during the last six years.  As things stand bridging the gap between the positions of the two sides has become difficult, with one almost exclusively  focusing on terrorism and the other on the prior resolution of the Kashmir issue.
It is however in the interest of both India and Pakistan  to  control the border incidents which are  spreading  fast  over the LoC and the working boundary. What is more, there is a disturbing increase in their  frequency and the number of casualties . There are a number of politicians and sections of media that are pouring oil over fire on both sides. Unless reason prevails, there is a likelihood of the two countries returning to pre 2003 ceasefire  era  when heavy guns boomed on both sides on a daily basis .


  1. As things stand today in terms of economy and internal security situation, it appears that India has the luxury of time on its side and can wait it out till Pakistan decides to make a paradigm shift in its foreign policy. The recent skirmishes at the border appears to be a Pakistani tool to get the terror networks galvanized and re-focused towards India. Pakistan, it looks like has three options – 1) Start an unwindable conventional war 2) Go to the bizarre extreme of issuing a nuclear threat or 3) Send in the LET and other terrorists like in the late 80's. Every one of them is a highly unpalatable choice because of the resulting reaction of the world community.

  2. It is interesting to read news in the Indian media and Pakistani media. Indian media clearly delineate the breach of ceasefire from the side of Pakistan and it adherence to voilent meansand this article is full of euphemism when it comes to acknowledge who started it first.

    Seems like "masses" are just puppet in hands of these stupid politicians and these media channels. Long way to go people :/

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