The General Talk of Peace

It is now time for the political leadership in both the countries to unblock the channels of dialogue

GKNN
Srinagar, Publish Date: Apr 16 2018 10:45PM | Updated Date: Apr 16 2018 10:45PM

When military chiefs of the two hostile countries, having a bitter history of four wars and hundreds of border skirmishes see dialogue as the way forward for resolution of the outstanding issues between them, it sounds like an optimistic note. Can it be the new beginning, On Sunday, Pakistan Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa pleaded for a peaceful, comprehensive and meaningful dialogue for the resolution of all outstanding disputes between the two countries including “the core issue of Kashmir.” Given the much talked about belief that the Rawalpindi and Islamabad, military and civil leadership, in Pakistan are not on the same page as regards relations with New Delhi, it come across as a new line of approach. For its timing, the statement of General Bajwa is quite significant. It came at a time when the situation in South Asia is in a flux, because of tri-polar contest between United State, China, and Russia. India and Pakistan have a key role to play in preventing the sub-continent getting enmeshed in the emerging situation in the region, more complex than the cold war. Perhaps it is this realization that made General Bajwa hold an olive branch. Though India’s Chief of Army Staff General Bipin Rawat has not spoken in the same vein, yet his statement at the 70th foundation day of Jammu and Kashmir Light Infantry regiment is significantly a departure from the statements he has made after assuming the highest military office of the country. Instead of talking about hot pursuits for bringing peace in the state, he very subtly suggested that the dialogue was the only way forward. Stating that the ‘the gun was not the solution to the problem as neither the Army nor the militants would achieve their goals through it, was a very bold admission that insurgency and counter-insurgency won't finally work. The dialogue between the stakeholders is the only route that will lead to peace as he rightly said, “We have to find a way to peace together, and we will be successful in that.” The two Army Chiefs, with vast ground experience, have spoken their minds; it is high time for the political leadership of India and Pakistan to take the call and resume the composite dialogue for addressing all outstanding problems and disputes.