Indian belligerence

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The ceasefire violations by Indian troops continue to wreak havoc in the lives of common people living across the line of control. On Wednesday Indian troops yet again resorted to unprovoked firing in Abbaspur sector of Poonch district in which two people were seriously injured. The incident, which is a clear case of target killing, took place at a time when UN observers were interacting with local people in Polas village near the LoC to assess the on ground situation in the area.

The incident triggered a massive protest in the area wherein locals took to streets to express their resentment and anger over the India’s naked aggression, brutality and ceasefire violations which have become a new norm rather than exception for Indian troops in this highly volatile region. Protesters called upon the UN and the government of Pakistan to take serious notice of perpetual threat to their lives and properties at the hands of Indian soldiers.

It goes without saying that the civilian population settled on this side of the line of control has witnessed death and destruction at the hands of trigger-happy Indian forces; scores of civilians have either lost their lives or suffered serious injuries as a result of frequent ceasefire violations by so-called Indian border security forces in different parts of Azad Kashmir. The recent firing incident that took in presence of UNMOGIP officials is a classical example of Indian arrogance and its belligerence, which as a matter of fact should serve as an eye-opener for international community as how brazenly Indian troops target civilians without any rhyme and reason.

The hostility and haughtiness on the part of Indian state on one hand takes heavy toll on human lives while on the other it poses a serious threat to peace and security in the region.

Indian forces are hell bent on to create a war-like situation by violating the ceasefire agreement time and again on the Line of Control and Working Boundary. Unfortunately, this warmongering strategy by New Delhi leaves a little space for dialogues as an alternative discourse to seek settlement of disputes and improving bilateral relations between India and Pakistan. Pakistan Foreign Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif has rightly said that in such circumstances, there was no hope of improvement in relations between the two countries. Since dialogue is the only civilized way to resolve disputes it is high time that India must shun its policy of intransigence and initiate a meaningful and result oriented dialogue with Pakistan to find out a lasting solution to K-dispute that happens to be bone of contention in the region.

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