Dangerous games

Published: August 1, 2015
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Foreign office spokesperson Qazi Khalilullah. PHOTO: APP

Foreign office spokesperson Qazi Khalilullah. PHOTO: APP

Pakistan’s Foreign Office has reacted strongly to the statement delivered by Indian Home Minister Rajnath Singh, in the Lok Sabha that the militants who killed 10 people in Gurdaspur in an attack a few days ago had come across the Ravi from Pakistan. Spokesman Qazi Khalilullah has condemned the remarks as being provocative and also noted that India has tended to pin blame for every terrorist incident on Pakistan, even without proof. India has said GPS data shows the terrorists’ point of entry.

All this will of course add to the heightening tensions between the two countries. This is not good news. It is difficult to say if planned meetings such as that between the national security advisers of both countries will now go ahead. Pakistan has said it remains committed to the peace process, but clearly this process is now in jeopardy.

We need to ask some tough questions. The reality is that in the past, non-state actors in both countries have stepped in to sabotage efforts to foster peace between Islamabad and New Delhi. We have seen such events unfold before us. It is not insignificant that the Gurdaspur incident took place only weeks after the prime ministers of both countries had met in Russia and agreed that there should be a move towards the normalisation of ties. Are we seeing deliberate efforts by non-state actors to prevent this from happening? The matter needs to be investigated in some detail.

It is also important that the process of holding talks continues. The only way to sort out issues is through negotiation and discussion. Pakistan and India need to work together to eradicate militancy. There are really no other options. Hasty statements which are hostile in nature do not help matters and simply play into the hands of those seeking to prevent peace between the two nations which need to work together in order to ensure regional stability and also create the kind of cooperation necessary to build a better life for people on either side of the border. It is this that we should be working towards.

Published in The Express Tribune, August 1st,  2015.

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Reader Comments (3)

  • Toticalling
    Aug 1, 2015 - 10:53AM

    The editorial suggests that Indian claims are probably true and such acts are done by those who do not want peace process to continue. I am not sure if there was a peace process, shaking hands in Russia and acceptance of an invitation for SAARC meeting is hardly a ‘process’.
    IF GPS data shows where these killlers came from, those who did this operation were not trained by professionals and were probably Indian haters or fighting for freedom of Kashmir or Khalistan. Bringing Baluchistan to UNO as FM suggests is not the right course. The world has a bad image of Pakistan and will think Pakistan is diverting the attention from Gurdaspur. Recommend

  • Raja
    Aug 1, 2015 - 11:01AM

    The general perception in Pakistan is that India had the upper hand in Ufa and the way forward was not in Pakistan’s interests. Hence, even if non state actors are the ones trying to sabotage the peace process, which side has the bigger incentive to do so? The Indian home minister’s statement was based on GPS evidence. But, even for the sake of argument, if that was based on incomplete investigations, wouldn’t that apply to Pakistan as well? On what basis are they saying that Pakistanis are not involved thus casting aspersions?Recommend

  • Naeem Sajjad
    Aug 1, 2015 - 7:15PM

    India’s attitude is really insensible.India has always been very hostile to pakistan and proved them a prejudiced country against other religions,even sikhs complain of it.India must be reproached by US & UN against its irresponsible attitude.Before accusing pakistan india must give a look to its extremist organizations like RSS which was involved in samjhota express assault.Recommend

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