A familiar India, Pakistan story

Srinagar, Publish Date: Sep 24 2017 10:53PM | Updated Date: Sep 24 2017 10:53PM

Speaking at the United Nations, Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj accused Pakistan of waging a war against India. In an obvious reference to Pakistan Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi who spoke earlier, Swaraj said that a country that has been “the world's greatest exporter of havoc, death and inhumanity” became a champion of hypocrisy by preaching about humanity from this podium. She also called upon Pakistan to introspect as to why India is recognised as a global IT superpower while Pakistan is infamous as the "pre-eminent export factory for terror".  Earlier in his speech Pakistan PM urged the United Nations to implement its resolutions on Kashmir. He said India has deployed nearly 700,000 troops in Kashmir to suppress the legitimate struggle of the Kashmiris to exercise their right to self-determination terming it “the most intense foreign military occupation in recent history”.  In  a stinging response India's first secretary to the United Nations Eenam Gambhir  called the neighbouring country as “Terroristan” which is “a flourishing industry producing and exporting global terrorism.” This annual argument goes back long way and is repeated and regurgitated every now and then in the exchanges between the two countries. But this year it has taken on a stridency and bitterness rarely heard in the past. If anything, the latest exchange  has once again underlined that more India-Pak relations change, more they remain the same.  Going forward this is little hope of improvement in the relations.  New Delhi has drawn new red lines which bar Pakistan from discussing Kashmir unless it satisfactorily addresses India’s concerns on terror. This has created a situation fraught with possibilities of a larger conflict between the neighbours, both nuclear armed. One more major incident of violence could dangerously escalate the situation. The best course available to the two countries is to resume their engagement. The dialogue is the way they can address their differences and move towards a resolution of their long-standing issues. Only such an outcome is a guarantee of a sustainable peace in the region, not the recurrent lapse into hostility.

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