India spoiling peace prospects

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PAKISTAN has consistently been making peace overtures to India but unfortunately apart from aggressive statements being churned out by top leadership in New Delhi, there are elements in Indian Establishment and Agencies that continue with their mindset aimed at derailing the prospects of peace and improvement of relations between the two countries. The latest is so-called militants’ attack on Indian Army Camp at Nagrota in Jammu in which seven soldiers including two officers have been killed, which, some sections of Indian media are trying to link to Lashkar-i-Tayyaba.
This time round India can’t claim that the attack was carried out by ‘Pakistan-sponsored terrorist groups’ as Islamabad has been making sincere efforts to defuse tension for the sake of regional peace and progress. Despite threats being hurled by Indian leaders and the Army Chief, Pakistan has decided to participate in the Heart of Asia Conference being held in Amritsar and declared its readiness to talk to Indian side on the occasion. Similarly, in his press talk, just after assuming command of Pakistan Army, Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa expressed the optimism that situation along Line of Control will be alright soon, conveying in categorical terms that Establishment in Pakistan too wants to defuse tension with India. In this backdrop, only explanation of the latest attack could be that it was stage-managed by those in India who want to inflame sentiments for the sake of their nefarious designs. There have been talks of teaching Pakistan a lesson and, in fact, the drama of surgical strikes was also enacted as part of strategy to browbeat Pakistan and satisfy Indian public opinion. Presently, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is witnessing worst kind of countrywide unrest because of his ill-advised decision of revoking big currency notes and apparently he is trying to divert attention from an awkward internal situation caused by his own follies. It would, however, be not advisable to make Pakistan a scapegoat as it involves serious repercussions. We hope sanity would prevail and Indian leadership would respond to goodwill gestures of Pakistan in the same spirit.