Just one week after DGMOs of India and Pakistan decided to implement 2003 ceasefire agreement in letter and spirit, armies of both the countries exchanged the fire yet again in Jammu sector on Sunday. Two soldiers of the Border Security Force were killed in the cross border firing. The BSF claimed that Pakistan army violated the truce by resorting to indiscriminate firing without any provocation.
When DGMOs of both the countries announced ceasefire everyone welcomed it and Kashmiri leaders described it as a ray of hope. The border flare up since 2014 has been a major cause of concern for the people staying near the borders and the Line of Control (LoC). People staying along the LoC and the borders on both the sides have been the worst sufferers.
The DGMOs declaring truce had political connotations also. Government of India has announced Ramadan ceasefire in the Valley and has said that it’s ready to talk to Hurriyat leaders in Kashmir.
If India and Pakistan armies are unable to hold on to ceasefire on the borders it can push the peace process, which is yet to begin, on the backburner and guns would start roaring again.
Since the day Indian leadership has started talking about the parleys, there has been no reaction from the Pakistani side. The caretaker Prime Minister of Pakistan cannot take any policy decisions. So he has maintained silence over the issue. It looks like that Pakistan would take a call over holding talks with India only after the new dispensation takes over the reins of the country. Till then it’s over to Pakistan army and it has to decide whether to implement 2003 ceasefire agreement in letter and spirit or not.