Srinagar, Feb 6: The heightened border tensions along Line of Control and on international border is giving sleepless night to the border dwellers and even to the mainstream politicians in the Valley.
The recent incident of cross border shelling in which four soldiers, including a Captain, were killed near Line of Control in Poonch has triggered outrage. The Army has hinted at retaliatory action.
Vice chief Lt Gen Sarath Chand said: “Retaliation goes without saying, I think I don’t have to say that. (Our) action will speak for itself,” he said when asked about the killing of a Captain and three other Army men in the Rajouri sector.
“We will continue with our process of giving a befitting reply (to such acts).”
On the other hand MLA of a ruling BJP Ravinder Raina, who demanded a resolution to condemn Pakistan for ceasefire violations, said, “We want the militant training camps in Pakistan be bombarded by Indian Air Force. Pakistan is a terror country and it cannot understand the language of diplomacy and democracy.”
However, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), which shares power with BJP in J&K, is of the opinion that India and Pakistan should start talking to each other to end the hostilities on the LoC and the border.Opposition National Conference (NC) has also supported the Mehbooba Mufti government’s stance to restart the parleys and has been calling for a strict implementation of the 2003 ceasefire agreed between the two countries.
An analyst while talking to Precious Kashmir said, “Kashmir based political parties National Conference and PDP know it very well that border skirmishes can lead to a bigger confrontation and people would be the worst sufferers.”
He said, “Situation on borders continues to be grim and there seems no let up in ceasefire violations. If India and Pakistan don’t start talking to each other situation can take an ugly turn at any point of time.”
The analyst said that statements emanating from both the sides indicate that leaders of both the nations are not interested in talking to each other. “The political process coming to a grinding halt has had far reaching consequences. War cries are becoming shriller and people living near the LoC and International Border especially in Jammu region are facing the heat. These border tensions can spill over to Kashmir region also and can engulf the entire state,” he added.
A senior PDP leader said, “Our stand is that peace and reconciliation are the only way forward. The process initiated by former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vaypayee should be taken forward for everlasting peace.”
He said, “Both the countries should give up hostilities and concentrate on addressing the issues confronting the people. The ice needs to be broken.”