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India-Pakistan Incident on LoC

Twists Of The Wire

The brutish assault by Pakistani soldiers can awaken an old and bitter enmity

Twists Of The Wire
AFP (From Outlook Magazine Jan 21, 2013 Issue)
Twists Of The Wire
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Trail Of A Clash

  • India alleges that on January 8, a army patrol along the LoC in Poonch was ambushed by Pakistani soldiers, who killed two jawans. One was beheaded, the other mutilated.
  • As outrage mounts in India, Pakistan denies any involvement
  • The incident is the latest in a series of skirmishes along the LoC in recent months—reportedlyoriginating from a villager’s crossing over to PoK, and the Indian army’s building observation bunkers
  • Incidents of brutality from both sides in India-Pakistan skirmishes are known to happen occasionally

Like most other things in India-Pakistan relations, its disputes too tend to get shrouded in a complex grey, making an objective analysis difficult. It gets worse when overzealous ‘experts’ and a nationalist media calls for retaliatory measures to teach the recalcitrant neighbour a lesson for their apparent act of brutality—in this case, the reported beheading of an Indian soldier and the killing of another along the Line of Control on January 8 by members of the Pakistani army. The reported presence of LeT chief Hafiz Saeed in the area added a certain edge to proceedings. A serious concern is that if the current eruption of malevolence spirals, with denials and calls for revenge, it could not only rupture the fragile peace process, but trigger a whole spell of hostility.

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