New Delhi: Are there efforts to de-escalate tension between India and Pakistan? While there may be round the clock exchange of fire between soldiers of India and Pakistan at the borders, there seem to be some efforts to de-escalate tension.
Following the Indian surgical strikes inside PoK, there were fears of reprisal from across the border. Nonetheless, as Pakistan seems to be denying that surgical strikes ever happened, there seem to be a quest to reduce the mounting tension.
This may be the reason that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has asked his ministerial colleagues and BJP leaders to refrain from chest-thumping about the surgical strikes carried out by the Indian Army and said only those authorized to make public statements must speak on the issue, informed sources said.
The surgical strikes by Indian forces seem to have mended relations between the BJP and opposition parties in the country. In the meantime the Prime Minister’s advice comes amid criticism of the government by political parties for taking “mileage” and trying to politicise the strikes carried out by the Army on the night intervening September 28-29 to destroy terrorist launch pads across the Line of Control in Pakistan-held Kashmir. Modi on Wednesday chaired a meeting of the cabinet and also of the Cabinet Committee on Security. The CCS meeting was held in the wake of continued tension along the India-Pakistan border.
There is no denying that the situation has been tense on the India-Pakistan border since the September 18 terror attack on an army camp in Uri town of Jammu and Kashmir which left 19 soldiers dead. India has blamed Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammad group for the attack. Relations between the two neighbours further deteriorated after the surgical strikes on the night intervening September 28-29. Nonetheless things are far from being normal.