Jammu & Kashmir: Amid the repatriation of Abhinandan Varthaman, some misguided elements in India have begun hailing the leadership of Pakistan for their ‘peace gesture’ and criticizing the Indian government for being a bunch of warmongers.
However, Pakistan’s evil designs became evident when the Pakistani military violated the ceasefire agreement and began shelling against India. In addition, militants have engaged with security forces killing 5 Indian soldiers yesterday.
One woman and two infants were those killed in the indiscriminate firing from Pakistani military across the LOC in Poonch. Pakistan’s leadership must answer for this gross violation at a time when Prime Minister Imran Khan is talking about peace and dialogue with India.
Pakistan’s past records of peace initiatives with India is abysmally low. A prime example of the Pakistani treachery was during 1999 when India tried for peace with Pakistan with the Lahore ‘bus diplomacy’. However, Pakistan responded with the ‘Kargil War’.
After the Mumbai attacks in 2008, India had specifically given evidence of an involvement of Pakistani elements in the terror attack. Yet, Pakistan chose to look the other way and hasn’t taken any credible actions against those behind it till date.
India’s position is clear. Pakistan must take strong action against terrorists operating from their soil, must eradicate their infrastructure and stop the funding of radical elements.
Pakistan still continues with its game of denial and doublespeak.
They kept to their usual script after the Pulwama attack, asking India to give them ‘actionable evidence’. However, this time India went ahead with strong actions against terror camps inside Pakistan territory and this led to a stand-off between the two countries.
After Abhinandan Varthaman was captured by Pakistan, India shot back with strong diplomacy and military threat, without backing down. This brought the Pakistani leadership to its knees and led to the release of the IAF pilot.
Unfortunately, certain people in India have begun a totally different narrative in which they hail the Pakistani Prime Minister for restoring peace. However, the reality is that strong diplomacy and fear of a military confrontation with India forced Imran Khan to ask for peace.
The recent ‘peace gesture’ is nothing more than the proverbial ‘wolf in sheep’s clothing’. Pakistan has never stood for peace. And it is hard to believe that they will ever extend the hand of peace without planning a backstab against India.