LoC heats up again
India for the umpteenth time Sunday started unprovoked firing across the Line of Control killing fiving civilians and injuring many others. When the Pakistan military responded to the fire, India had to suffer 9 fatalities of its soldiers. In the process one Pak soldier embraced martyred as well.
Pakistan’s Foreign Office in a statement rubbished the Indian claims of targeting the launching pads in the Azad Jammu and Kashmir and invited the United Nations observers and international media to go and see for themselves the damage caused by the firing as well as verify their claims of targeting the so called launching pads. The FO has lodged protest with the Indian High Commissioner as well by calling him over to the FO.
This is India’s attempt at diverting attention of the international community from the atrocities in held Kashmir and the lockdown of the valley that has now entered 76th day after the revocation of article 370 of their constitution that guaranteed special status to the state of J &K.
Conversely Pakistan is working on opening the Kartarpur Corridor for the 550th birth anniversary of Baba Guru Nanak so that Sikh pilgrims from India and elsewhere could easily come and visit their sacred place without having to go through the rigmarole of travel documentation. The prime minister has announced to open the corridor on November 9.
India cannot hide any longer behind such tactics to pull the wool over the eyes of international community. It will have to lift the curfew soon to face the ultimate wrath of over 8 million Kashmiri people who have been deprived of food, and medicine and denied contact with the outside world for two and half months now. The world too has a responsibility to play role in stopping this conflict between the two nuclear states from further escalation.