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Peace talks N terror attacks won’t go hand in hand

Peace talks N terror attacks won’t go hand in hand

Pak terrorists on Wednesday attacked a BSF convoy on Jammu-Srinagar National Highway in Udhampur district in Kashmir killing two jawans of the border guarding force and injuring thirteen, further straining the ties between India and Pakistan.

The attacks took place around 7.30 am when the BSF soldiers were on their way to Srinagar from Jammu. A Pak terrorist was captured alive during the attack. The latest terror attacks along with the ongoing cease fire violations are likely to cast a shadow on the National Security Advisers meet which would be taking place in New Delhi on August 23. Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said that there were evidences of the attack conspired in Pakistan. Therefore question arise about the relevance of the peace negotiations between two nations. Whenever high-level peace restoration talks are set to take place, it has become commonplace to sabotage it through such terrorist attacks which ultimately seems to be the main goal of terrorists. The premiers of India and Pakistan met in Ufa in Russia last month and the statements issued during the meeting signal towards bonhomie between the two nations. But the terrorist attack in Gurudaspur in East Punjab that killed seven soldiers and three terrorists shocked the nation. India had blamed the Pakistan-based outfit group Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) for the attacks. The terrorist organization is banned by Pakistan. Jamat-ud-Dawa formed by Hafiz Mohammad Saeed, the chief of Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), is currently very active. According to Pakistan, it doesn’t have sufficient evidence to ban the outfit.

The Pakistani militant Mohammad Naved who was arrested during the Udhampur attack has admitted that he belonged to Lashkar-e Taiba. But Pakistan refuses to accept that he is a citizen of that country. Similar as before, it has asked India to produce further evidences regarding the matter blaming India of accusing Pakistan without necessary proof. Pakistan had earlier reacted on the Mumbai terrorist attacks that took place on November 26, 2008, the same way. Tariq Khosa, former director general of the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) has admitted that the Mumbai terror attacks were launched from the Pakistani soil. Khosa was tasked with probing the attacks. The former FIA chief admitted that the operations control room from where the terrorists were given instructions before and during the Mumbai attacks was set up in Karachi. He also revealed that Ajmal Kasab was a Pakistani national and that he was involved in the attacks. Despite the revelations, the decision of the Pakistan court to grant bail to LeT chief Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi who was charged with the attacks, citing lack of evidence is odd.

Pakistan has always maintained that the country was the main victim of terrorist attacks due to which it would never encourage terrorism justifying that it has taken harsh steps against the terrorists and their organizations. It hold true for some extent. The terror groups like Tehrik-i-Taliban have been a headache for Pakistan. Despite carrying out military operations with the aid of the US, the country has not been able to uproot the terrorists. But it has accused India’s primary foreign intelligence agency RAW of being behind the terror attacks in Pakistan. It’s evident that without the restoration of faith and trust in each other, the relations between the two countries would remain strained in spite of all the high-level talks and handshakes between the premiers. The blames games, allegations and the violence on top of it all is what are adversely affecting the ties. Even after 60 years of independence, the two nations have not been able to eliminate poverty, unemployment or illiteracy completely other than being a functional market for the global corporate weapons. Blasts and deposing of power continues. The two nations should strive hard for the restoration of peace and trust between them and tackle the external forces that hinder the peace process. The crisis would aggravate to an extent where the existence of Pakistan would be at stake if they dint make an attempt for self introspection.


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