Walking into a war trap

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As recently as Saturday, 12 January, senior officials in New Delhi had been swearing black and blue they would not allow the recent clashes between Indian and Pakistani armies on the Line of Control (LOC) to derail the normalisation of relations with Pakistan. A mere three days later, the government did a complete volte-face. The much awaited visa regime relaxation was aborted on the very day it was supposed to take effect. Pakistani hockey players have been sent packing. The Pakistani women’s cricket team is no longer welcome in India. Trade across the LOC is at a standstill. And it is exceedingly unlikely that a meeting of the commerce ministers of the two countries, which was to be held at the end of the month, will take place. As Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar lamented earlier this week, Indo-Pak relations have been pushed back by 20 years.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has warned Pakistan that there can be no return to “business as usual” until Islamabad inquires into and prosecutes those who were responsible for the beheading of an Indian soldier, Lance Naik Hemraj, in an ambush the Pakistani forces laid at Krishnaghati in Poonch district of Jammu & Kashmir after crossing the LOC. His demand is an echo of the one India made after the attacks on 26 November 2008 by Pakistani gunmen, who killed 166 people in Mumbai over four days. Singh’s latest demand is likely to meet the same fate not only because the perpetrators this time belong to the regular Pakistan Army, but also because India is on far weaker ground for making such a demand today than it was in 2008. This is because, by some accounts, it was the Indian Army and not the Pakistanis who initiated the clashes and killings on the LOC in the past six weeks.  Read More>

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 ~Voices from Pakistan~

“Indo-Pak LoC problems are like a Groundhog Day situation”

Pakistani musician Salman Ahmad tells Sheeba Naaz that peace has dividends for both India and Pakistan

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“This is the worst government Pakistan has ever seen”

Business tycoon Majyd Aziz tells Kunal Majumder why Pakistan’s Supreme Court is right in sentencing Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf to jail on corruption charges

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“Court’s order to arrest Pak PM could be part of a grand conspiracy”

Ishtiaq Ahmed, Professor Emeritus of Political Science, Stockholm University tells Raksha Kumar that as much as the judiciary should be respected it should not get a hold on the day-to-day functioning of the country

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“It’s possible that Qadri has support of forces outside Pakistan”

Marvi Sirmed, a political analyst based in Islamabad tells Raksha Kumar that the political developments in Pakistan need to be seen in the context of an “outside involvement”

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“Judiciary and army want a technocratic govt in Pakistan”

Journalist Mehmal Sarfraz tells Sheeba Naaz that the current political developments in Pakistan was pre-planned as the establishment does not want democracy in the country

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 ~Videos ~


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