ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Lines on the Map

The alienation felt against the Indian government in Kashmir has been left unresolved and an attempt has been made to intensify the blame game by dragging in the human rights violations in Balochistan. In the light of India's surgical strikes along the Line of Control, will dropping the policy of strategic restraint work towards taking a step forward or will it ignite another spiral of violence and retribution?

One of the questions that have been asked since independence is whether India and Pakistan can have everlasting peace. Kashmir, claimed by both countries as a jugular vein, integral part and “inseparable limb” is at the heart of the confrontation and almost 70 years have passed with the situation only worsening in the absence of a constructive way forward.

Nearly every time there is a glimmer of hope of a way forward, a terror strike has caused a setback. So it was with the announcement of a comprehensive bilateral dialogue in 2015, which was waylaid by the attack on the Pathankot airbase in January 2016. The meetings at the national security advisers’ level did not take place formally, but diplomatic efforts were ongoing.

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