03 March, 2021

Knotted Gordian And Gory

Pathankot has put another obstacle in the way of peace initiatives between India and Pakistan and prudence is the only remedy in sight

Knotted Gordian And Gory

The moment Narendra Modi landed in Lahore, certain quarters began to feel a bit uneasy. One was almost sure that the goodwill initiative would get derailed. The only question was when. And then Pathankot happened. Relief followed. The India-Pakistan peace plan had confirmed itself into a flop film—a script of tension interrupted by a peace initiative that is soon interrupted by violence.

And this particular instance of violence may have increased India’s vulnerability, as the architects have now learnt a few things about how Indian security handles such crises. Jihadi outfits such as the Lashkar-e-Taiba are already making fun of Indian security processes. If, as news reports say, the Indian intelligence could pick up details of alleged meetings bet­ween Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM) militants and the ISI, then why couldn’t it stop the attack?

The harsh truth is that while Narendra Modi and Nawaz Sharif may be sincere in negotiating peace, it is not enough. In fact, not strengthening their defences would be to neglect the protection of the very...

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