Border misadventures

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After remaining calm for a few days the India-Pakistan borders in Jammu region have once again been making news. Just yesterday four Border Security Force (BSF) personnel were killed in Jammu region while as a civilian was killed in Muzaffarabad in Pakistan administered Kashmir.

The killings on the Indian side took place in Samba sector in Jammu region as Pakistani rangers fired towards a BSF party. So far this year eleven BSF troops have been killed in cross-border firing incidents along the International Border (IB) in Jammu and Kashmir till date in 2018, the highest casualty figure for the border force in a year in the past five years.

Pakistan meanwhile, maintained that Indian troops shot dead a resident of a border village of Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) in the latest incident of unprovoked ceasefire violation. The 45-year old victim was grazing cattle near his home when he was hit from across the border with a single gunshot at about 3:30pm without any provocation.

The misadventure on the border started despite the Director Generals of Military Operations of India and Pakistan establishing a special hotline contact on May 29 last month. Both the officials had agreed to undertake sincere measures to improve the existing situation, ensuring peace and avoidance of hardships to the civilians along the LoC and Working Boundary.

Though both the officers had also agreed to fully implement the ceasefire understanding of 2003 in letter and in spirit forthwith and to ensure that henceforth the ceasefire will not be violated by both sides, but the assertions have proved a mere hoax.

The ceasefire violations are taking place onĀ  both the sides and both sides are equally responsible for the miseries the border residents have been facing owing to the escalation of tension among the two militaries.

Why India and Pakistan can’t make peace on the borders is a million dollar question as the escalation on the borders tells upon the relationship of the two countries and the impact it has on the state of Jammu and Kashmir. The people in the state have been witnessing turmoil and sufferings during the past three decades and any move to establish a long lasting peace goes down the drain if such happenings take place.

The sufferings and the killing of innocents in the state of Jammu and Kashmir cannot be felt by the leadership of the two countries as it would not have taken them three decades to build on some peace mechanism and help the people of the state to get some peace and respite from the daily dose of killings.

The armies of both the countries have also proven beyond any doubt that they have no respect for the political leadership of their countries as none has withheld the sanctity of peace agreements held between the leadership of the two countries.

In short the people of the state have to bear the brunt of the hostilities and both the countries are doing mere lip service towards the people of the state.


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