News Kashmir Analysis
India – Pakistan relations are on the verge of total collapse. Pertinently, the nearly three month long Kashmir agitation which has killed 88, 13000 injured and hundreds blinded coupled with URI attacks resulting in death of 19 Indian soldiers had plummeted relations between India and Pakistan.
With now India claiming that it has carried surgical strikes on militant camps killing scores the relations between India and Pakistan has collapsed.”Significant casualties have been caused to terrorists and those trying to shield them. We don’t have a plan to further conduct such strikes. India has spoken to Pakistan,” DGMO Lt Gen Ranbir Singh said.
On the otherhand, many countries have expressed serious concern over the growing tension between India and Pakistan in the wake of Uri militant attack.
Recently, Pakistan Prime Minister Mr. Nawaz Sharif devoted much of his 20-minute speech at the U.N. General Assembly session to Kashmir and the current situation in the Valley and said Pakistan “fully supports the demand of the Kashmiri people for self-determination.”
He demanded an “independent inquiry into the extra-judicial killings” and a U.N. fact-finding mission to Kashmir “so that those guilty of these atrocities are punished.” He further glorified slain Hizbul commander Burhan Wani as a “young leader”.
India after few days hit back at Pakistan. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj asked the world community to hold countries that “nurture, peddle and export” terrorism to account, taking forward India’s campaign to diplomatically isolate Pakistan. A unified global strategy can defeat terrorism, “and if any nation refuses to join this global strategy, then we must isolate it,” she said, speaking in Hindi.
Countering Mr. Sharif, who had accused India of human rights violations, at the UN last week, Ms. Swaraj sought to turn the table on Islamabad. “The brutality against the Baloch people represents the worst form of State oppression,” she said, referring to the ethnic minority in Pakistan.
Bilal Bashir Bhat, a Journalist and Political Analyst stated – “The Indian – Pakistan relations have taken a worrying downslide and nothing seems to be going right for both the countries in terms of envisaging cordial relationship between the two arch rivals . Be it agitation going on in Kashmir, Uri attacks and the claims of Surgical attacks by India in Pakistan administered Kashmir the tensions seem to be spiraling out of control. The saner heads should prevail and ease the situation and try to find out some sort of headway amid these gloomy times.”
While on the otherhand of the spectrum, Trade ties, cultural ties, humanitarian relations have suffered a setback . The fears especially among the populace living in border areas are growing in wake of these escalating tensions among India and Pakistan.
Pertinently, the India and Pakistan relations are collapsing and the times ahead would be full of curiosity and tension.