In fact, the ‘peace process’ is not really there; India cannot put aside the 2008 Mumbai attacks and Pakistan has failed to rein in the militants. The latter are well-armed and well-funded and some of them have brought the two nuclear-armed neighbours to the verge of war twice since 9/11. Here lies the test for the two sides: will Islamabad and New Delhi hand the militants a diplomatic win by shying away from peace? On this point the two sides must be clear.Now you know why I am such a great admirer of the Dawn. I hope some day I will get a chance to go to Pakistan. If I do, I will make it a point to visit the office of the Dawn and tell the journalists there how much I have respected and admired their writings over the years.
....The 2003 ceasefire agreement has largely held but can be further reinforced and made durable given that there has been an increase in LoC tensions since January. And although the level of infiltration into India-held Kashmir has gone down considerably, Pakistan must make it a priority to cripple all attempts made by militants to sabotage peace efforts between the two countries.
Saturday, August 10, 2013
The Dawn on the LOC killings
In contrast to the jingoistic voices heard in the Indian media, particularly TV, the Dawn's edit on the subject is a model of restraint and sobriety: