India's belligerence.


PAKISTAN has done the right thing by approaching the UN to ask India to provide proof, if any, of its incessant propaganda about 'terror launch pads' on this country's soil. After all, the UN already has a military observer group - UNMOGIP - to monitor the situation in the area, and it would not be too difficult for a neutral third party to evaluate the facts on the ground, should India be interested in determining the facts that is. Unfortunately, New Delhi has been using the ruse of 'terror launch pads' to step up LoC violations, with deadly results. According to the Foreign Office, there have been close to 940 LoC violations this year alone, most of which have targeted populated areas. A number of civilians in AJK have lost their lives since the start of the year due to India's belligerence. India has been whipping up a frenzy over alleged infiltration from Pakistan, with its civil and military leaders both using the 'launch pads' mantra to justify LoC violations. In such a scenario, a fact-finding probe overseen by the UN can help clear the air, as bilateral efforts have up till now not yielded much.

Moreover, in the current situation, it is imperative that both states assume a less threatening and more cooperative posture, as the...

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