20 September, 2020

Peace de Resistance

The Hurriyat must accept that it can't set the agenda for Kashmir. That's for India and Pakistan to decide after talks begin, though Kashmiri groups will be consulted.

Peace de Resistance
The government has shown extraordinary courage and sagacity in extending the Kashmir ceasefire by another month. The fact that the Cabinet Committee on Security took three hours to arrive at this decision shows how evenly balanced were the arguments for and against doing so. On the one hand, an extension of the ceasefire was bound to be welcomed by the Kashmiris. But the government had already demonstrated its commitment to peace by extending the ceasefire once. Politically, therefore, another extension would yield only diminished returns. On the other hand, there was a real risk that another month of restraint by the security forces would permit the jehadis to consolidate their bases in Kashmir.

This apprehension arises from the fact that behind their attention-catching fidayeen attacks on the Red Fort, Srinagar airport, and various army barracks, the jehadis have been building a base for themselves in Kashmir by terrorising the people. They have been doing this by selectively killing members of the National Conference, counter-insurgents and surrendered militants, among...


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