The fortune of India-Pakistan relation has been tending to ebb and flow over time. The establishments of both the countries on the one hand try to buttress their relations, on the other provocative activities are carried out from across the border. Pakistan’s actions have dealt a fresh blow to the ongoing efforts to normalise the relations between the two neighbouring countries. There has been a spurt in incidents of ceasefire violation since the execution of Ajmal Amir Kasab, the lone terrorist who was nabbed alive during 26/11 Mumbai attack. The fresh incidents of violence near LoC indicate that Pakistan is backing terrorists to infiltrate into Indian territory. It is quite obvious that terrorist have thronged along LoC waiting for intrude India with the help of cover firing by Pakistani troops. The gruesome killing of two Indian soldiers last week in the Mendhar sector of Poonch district in Jammu and Kashmir has naturally electrified the whole nation. Enraged masses are demanding for a befitting reply to Pakistan. The recent incident has revived all previous wounds inflicted on India in the form of 26/11 terror attack and many others by Pakistan which puts a question mark on the relevance of peace process with the neighbouring country. Seeing the insolence of neighbour, public rage in India against ongoing efforts to maintain friendly relations with Pakistan are quite natural. Pakistan may downplay the gravity of the ceasefire violation, but it cannot evade serious questions emerging in the wake of the incident.

On January 1, Pakistan held rotational presidency of United Nations Security Council. Soon after this, Pakistan sought a probe into killing of Indian jawans by United Nations. Clearly, it has played a card to internationalise the Kashmir issue. However, India rightly denied to be trapped into Pakistan’s game plan. But Pakistan has blatantly declined to mend its ways. The way bus service with India has been blocked from Pakistani side, it reflects that Pakistan is trying to raise the vexed issue of Kashmir in international forums. Instead of maintaining ceasefire along LoC, Pakistani troops are engaged in unprovoked firing. Besides this, Pakistan is showing no seriousness towards flag meeting meant for the talks between the military officials of the two countries to reduce tension along the border. The problem with India is that it is bound to react under certain limitations against provocative acts of Pakistan. India happens to be a mature and responsible nation. It cannot act in the same fashion as Pakistan is doing by increasing tension on the border. India is paying heavy price for its tolerance. Nevertheless of three major wars, Kargil war and many other incidents of terror attacks, India maintained its calm and remained unfazed, though, Pakistan is showing no sign to mend its ways. Now, it is also being reported that Pakistan is helping Naxal organisations, which are posing a serious threat to internal security of India.

Pakistan has been creating troubles for India since its establishment in 1947. Even after its humiliating debacles in 1965 and 1971, it is still pursuing its policy to give ‘thousands of wounds’ to India. After losing several wars in the battle field, Pakistan took to terrorism as its weapon to cause troubles for India. It remained to be ignorant about its mistakes even after being blighted by the terror attacks. Pakistani politicians are now conceding that their policy of sponsoring terrorism has brought problems for themselves but their stand changes when matter relates to India. No one will be surprised if Pakistan passes buck of beheading Indian soldiers to non-state actors or terror outfits. This has been Pakistan’s well-known stand whenever its role is questioned on cross border terrorism in India. It had displayed similar insensitiveness in past over brutal acts of its soldiers with Indian Army’s captain Saurabh Kalia and his peers during Kargil war. India should now realise the fact that Pakistan is not going to change its behavior and its army’s intense dislike for India would never decrease.

Undoubtedly, war is no solution as it is bound to bring devastation for both sides. India’s diplomatic outlook towards Pakistan is based on the principle of enhancing people to people contact and boosting trade relations between the two countries. The ruling dispensation in India and to some extent its Pakistan’s counterpart too believe that such acts will promote amicable relations between the two countries, but some schools of thought in the neighbouring country harbour enmity for India. Actually this section of Pakistani people is impeding the efforts to find a peaceful settlement of Kashmir issue. Many people in Pakistan are using Kashmir issue as a plank for their political gains. The longstanding disturbances and violence in Kashmir have been caused by this section of people of Pakistan and the terror groups are supported by them.

Given the animosity which has always been displayed by Pakistan, people in India are questioning the relevance of ongoing peace process and promotion of sports relations with Pakistan. Such questions cropped up again when Pakistan Cricket team visited India recently. It cannot be just a coincidence that the ceasefire violation and brutal activities were carried out Pakistan immediately after its cricket team returned from India. Despite being faced with an undeclared war from Pakistani side, India failed to convince the world community that its neighbour is posing a major threat to world peace. Perhaps this is the reason why the US seems to be ignoring the raging terror threats in India. US is still providing financial aid and military assistance to Pakistan despite being well aware of the fact that its help to Pakistan is being misused against India. Given this situation, India has to be on guard on its own to counter the terror outfits especially keeping the fact in its mind that after the execution of Kasab, the terror organisations can go to any extent to create problems for it. Doing so will be a tribute in true sense to its soldiers who are sacrificing their lives by displaying great courage and valor against enemies. We should feel proud of our soldiers who have maintained their composure while making supreme sacrifice of their lives but at the same time, it is the responsibility of the government to make sure that Pakistan should not consider tolerance of our troops as weakness of the nation.        

(An original copy of the article published in Hindi on January 13, 2013 translated by the English editorial. The author is Group Editor of Dainik Jagran)