Pakistan despite being a nuclear power never violated the ceasefire and always offered Indian government to resolve the core issue of Kashmir through negotiations. Islamabad held several dialogues with the previous Indian governments to resolve the conflict through talks on the ground that peace can not be achieved in the region without the resolution of Kashmir issue. Pakistan approached in 1949 to United Nations which after carefully listening to both sides passed resolutions asking Indians to resolve the issue as per the aspirations of the Kashmiri people. But New Delhi never honoured the resolutions of the United Nations and instead reducing its forces keep sending more troops to suppress the freedom movement launched by the Kashmirs seeking right to self-determination. Pakistan once again approached the United Nations with a hope that the Secretary General Ban Ki Moon would take the issue seriously and force Indians to honour United Nations resolutions. Since coming to power, the Indian Prime Minister Modi has launched an ‘undeclared war’ against Pakistan by continuously violating the ceasefire at LoC and working boundary. India has now escalated the situation along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir and the Working Boundary. Persistent shelling and firing by Indian forces has resulted in heavy civilian casualties on the Pakistan side. During the period 1-10 October, 2014, 20 ceasefire violations along the Line of Control and 22 violations along the Working Boundary were reported, resulting in 12 civilian casualties, 52 injured civilians and 9 injured military personnel on the Pakistani side. From June to August 2014, there were 99 ceasefire violations along the Line of Control and 32 along the Working Boundary. In all, during 2014, 174 ceasefire violations along the Line of Control and 60 along the Working Boundary have been reported.
While defence analysts are of the strong opinion that further escalation would damage New Delhi’s reputation as a responsible nation and could rekindle a separatist insurgency on its side of Kashmir. Modi’s new policy is being orchestrated by Ajit Doval, Indian’s national security adviser, a retired intelligence official notorious for his role in dangerous counter-insurgency missions. Ajit Doval has been strongly campaigning tough action against Pakistan-based militant groups. Before joining Narendra Modi’s government, Doval reportedly told India must lay down core security policies, one of which was “zero tolerance” for acts of aggression.
In August, after days of cross-border firing between India and Pakistan, Doval reportedly attended a meeting along with the head of BSF in which a decision was made to give free hand to the commanders in held Jammu and Kashmir. There are also some elements in India who do not favour such kind of skirmishes with Pakistan. The Indian defence annalists comparing the policy of the previous government noted that most of time the previous governments only keep blaming Pakistan of helping insurgents, but BSF or the army was never given a free hand by those governments. The Modi government has taken very tough stand against Pakistan that could lead to war which can not be afforded by the both governments, they maintained. India is deliberately putting pressure on Pakistani security forces by opening the new front. The message from Modi administration seems very clear: ‘We will teach you a lesson.’ He has been also criticized by the Congress and other parties for pushing Indians towards another war with Islamabad. Even the Indians living in the border areas of Held Kashmir for decades are raising voices against Mode administration for ruining the peace in the areas bordering Pakistan.
The violations of ceasefire by the Indian forces at a time when our armed forces are successfully achieving the goals of operation Zarb-e-Azab appeared to be well-planned conspiracy on the part of New Delhi. World community especially the US must notice the situation immediately and stop Indian naked aggression against Pakistan as it could be harmful for the Washington too which is already in the process of pulling its forces out of Afghanistan.
Modi must not underestimate the power of the Pakistan armed forces. Our armed forces are fully capable to defend every inch of the country’s soil besides giving befitting response to any aggression. Islamabad has told New Delhi not to test its patience. Pakistan has exercised utmost restraint and responsibility in responding to these provocations. Our security forces are only responding to the continued unprovoked Indian firing along side LoC and working boundary. Indian army and BSF know very well that Pakistan forces have the capability to respond with full might but as responsible and civilized nation, Pakistan demonstrating maximum restraints. Indians must not consider our policy as our weakness. Islamabad hopes that better sense would prevail on the Indian side as war is no solution to conflict as it brings nothing but destruction. Prime Minister Modi must understand that he is playing with the fire that could engulf his house too.