The war of words between India and Pakistan has intensified since the day New Delhi called off the talks, which were scheduled to be held between the foreign ministers of the two countries at the sidelines of United Nations General Assembly summit.
New Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan had written a letter to the Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking resumption of dialogue between the two countries following which it was decided that foreign ministers of both the countries would hold an informal meeting.
However, abduction and killing of three Jammu and Kashmir policemen in south Kashmir’s Shopian district led to New Delhi reacting sharply. Delhi’s reaction was followed by the statement of Army Chief Bipin Rawat that actions of Pakistan army need to be avenged.
His assertion created a furore as Pakistan Army hit back by stating that it’s ready for war and it’s desire for peace should not be considered as its weakness.
Developments which have taken place during the past few days means that talks process has been stalled even before it could begin. This is not good news at least for the people of Jammu and Kashmir, who have been facing the brunt of the hostilities between the two countries. Situation is back to square one. The change of guard in Pakistan has not helped in breaking the ice between the two countries as New Delhi is firm on its stand that violence and talks cannot go together. On the other hand Pakistan has been reiterating that Kashmir is the core issue and it cannot be ignored. It’s apparent that possibilities about any talks are bleak and the “war talk” has escalated the tensions between two nuclear neighbours.