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Tightest Circle Of Peace

A softly treading India and Pakistan cling on to the LoC ceasefire

Tightest Circle Of Peace
By stealth | Photograph by PTI
Tightest Circle Of Peace
outlookindia.com
2021-07-09T20:00:29+05:30

The drone attack on the Jammu Air Force base on June 27 adds a predictable twist to tentative peace moves by India and Pakistan, putting at risk backchannel diplomacy for ensuring a ceasefire along the LoC. However, both sides want the ceasefire, which has given the rival armies a respite from daily casualties. India, too, doesn’t want a two-front war, despite assertions by certain generals that India can take on both Pakistan and China simultaneously.

Luckily, damage in the Jammu att­ack was minimal—the explosives narrowly missed a hangar with several helicopters in it. Since it was estimated to have been launched from Indian territory, no one is tracing this back to Pak­istan. But, say experts, this underlines drones to be a clear and present danger.

Though it is in the interest of India and Pakistan to keep the LoC quiet, neither government is in the mood for a broader peace plan. From the Pakistani perspective, Prime Minister Imran Khan cannot climb down from his maximalist position on Kashmir. Furthermore, though Pakistan’s army chief...

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