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After back-to-back visits to Afghanistan by Speaker of the National Assembly Ayaz Sadiq with a parliamentary delegation in tow, and Director General of the ISI, Lieutenant General Naveed Mukhtar, one would have expected the rapidly deteriorating relationship with the neighbouring country to improve.

 

A violent boundary incident with the potential to push already tense bilateral relations into further tumult, the fallout from the killing of Iranian border guards in an attack last week appears to have been handled diplomatically by both sides.

 
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The beheading of two Indian security personnel — one from the Army and the other from the BSF — on Monday by Pakistani attackers near the Line of Control in the Poonch district has led to a predictable mix of anger and anguish across the country.

 

There's nothing good about being overly nervous, a motto highly recommended for India, which seems to have gone too far in its conspiracy theorizing.

 

There can be no two opinions about the fact that the beheading of the Indian soldiers allegedly by a border action team of the Pakistan army - or by non-State actors patronized by it - south of the Line of Control was meant to draw attention.

 
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When a soldier is beheaded or his body mutilated, the concomitant public outrage forecloses the option of dialogue. Not that talks were about to open between India and Pakistan.

 
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Recently a high-ranking Pakistan delegation has visited Afghanistan, aimed at easing tensions between the two neighbors.

 

Amid widespread reports on India media of Pakistan’s alleged violations along the Line of Control (LoC), Pakistan’s armed forces have denied the accusations both publicly and by establishing contact between the Director General Military Operations (DGMOs) on both sides and discussing the charges.

 

India’s competition with Pakistan, it seems, is never ending. In this latest round, New Delhi appears keen to show off its ability to grab headlines for brutal lynching at the hands of frenzied mobs.

 

If the suggestion was a surprise, India’s swift rejection was not. Nevertheless, for friends of Pakistan and India and countries with an interest and stake in peace in South Asia, the call for a multilateral approach to the Kashmir dispute by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is a sensible idea.

 


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