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Violence Between India and Pakistan Continues Despite NY Summit


There seem to be two realities of the India-Pakistan conflict. There’s the one in which the Prime Ministers of each country met in New York, shook hands, called for a peaceful resolution to their conflict, and lamented the arms race that has been going on since both countries’ inceptions in 1947. Then there’s the other reality, in which Pakistani militants have been crossing the Line of Control, the de facto border between India and Pakistan in Kashmir, and attacking Indian military bases.

These two realities are concurrent. The BBC reported that 30-40 militants have crossed over the border this week while the Prime Ministers met in New York. The Indian military claims that it has killed 10-12 of the militants, while some have escaped and are still in hiding. Of course, the Pakistani military denies any involvement, calling Indian allegations of complicity a “blatant lie.”

Since the 1990s, Kashmiri insurgents, with Pakistani support, have been waging a low-intensity insurgency against the Indian state in the highly militarized, disputed state of Kashmir, which has a Muslim majority. We mentioned in a post earlier that the bilateral summit in New York would not amount to much. Both Prime Ministers’ words seem quite empty given that the violence and finger pointing continue as they have been all along.

And so these two disparate realities exist side by side. Sharif repeats the mantra that his policy is one of warming up to India, and Pakistani and Indian sports and popular music stars continue to enthrall audiences across the border. But in the other reality, both militaries continue to fight on the Siachen glacier, known as the highest battlefield on Earth. They continue shelling each other across the Line of Control, and people keep dying.

[Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh (R) meets with his Pakistani counterpart Muhammad Nawaz Sharif on the sidelines of the 68th Session of the United Nations General Assembly on September 29, 2013 at the New York Palace Hotel in New York. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.]

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  • Amin King

    “Kashmiri insurgents, with Pakistani support, have been waging a low-intensity insurgency against the Indian state”.

    One needs to be careful here. Most of the “kashmiri insurgents” are not kashmiris.Kashmiri insurgency has died long time back although some people still might have some grievences. Most of the “Kashmiri insurgents” are actually Pakistani Punjabis and Pushtoons infiltrated into Kashmir by Pakistani army and ISI.

  • Tejpal

    These jihadis are not truly insurgents but a maily terrorists trained in Pakistani soil and illegally occupied Kashmir where they run terrorist camps. It is not just Kashmir alone but these jihadis are transported all over the world. India has no choice but to suffer them due to weak central leadership.

    This terrorism started from 1989 soon after the war in Afghanistan was over. These brute militants trained to fight there had to be rerouted. Kashmir provided them an immediate soft target. This mindset of Pakistan need a change.

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