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Pakistan once again takes U-turn with another ceasefire violation
On 29 May 2018, Pakistani Army's Director General of Military Operations (DGMO) on his own vocation rang up his Indian counterpart and expressed the desire of the Pakistan Army to follow the 2003 ceasefire in letter and spirit all along the 778 km-long LOC in Kashmir and the international border.

India as usual agreed to this proposal from the Pakistan Army, although knowing very well that this rogue country's Army can never be believed. As expected, on the intervening night of Saturday and Sunday at around 2 am on 2 June, Pakistani Rangers opened heavy fire targeting 10 BSF posts in Kathua, Sambha and Jammu sectors in which 2 BSF constables were martyred. A number of civilians in the surrounding villages were also injured. The big question is that when will we stop trusting Pakistan and its army!

In the last few months, due this inclination of the Pakistani Army of opening fire along the LOC at will, 40 lives have been lost on the Indian side out of whom 20 were of solders belonging to the Indian Army and the BSF who were martyred. In addition to this thousands of civilians living in Sambha, Jammu and Kathua sectors along the LOC have been forced to abandon their homes and resettle in safer places.

Just a few days back in the Jammu sector, Pakistani Rangers approached the BSF requesting ceasefire, saying that enough was enough. The BSF agreed and announced it from rooftops that Pakistan had called for ceasefire. However, within two days the Pakistani Rangers resumed incessant firing.

Time has come for India to come out of its age old approach that since neighbours can't be changed we have to bear with Pakistan's misadventures until the day better sense prevails with the Pakistani leadership and things become normal.

Agreed that the neighbour can't be changed but surely the neighbour can be unnerved? This is precisely what Pakistan has been trying on India for last 70 years, thought it has failed. However, in India due to prevailing mobocracy as opposed to democracy, there is no consistency in policy on Pakistan. Different ruling parties follow their respective political ideologies and frame policies as per their whims and fancies without taking advice from the armed forces, the people who actually matter, as they relentlessly wage war against the enemy at the borders. That is why in the middle of 'Operation All Out' when the Indian security forces were gaining the upper hand, suddenly a ceasefire was declared during Ramzan in the Kashmir Valley, handing over the initiative back to Pakistan and its sponsored jehadis on a platter. The funniest part is that India, a secular country has declared ceasefire during Ramzan while Pakistan, a radical Islamic nation, is not respecting it in utter disregard of the tenets of the holy Quran.

The present Indian government must work out a long-term foreign policy on Pakistan in consultation with all the opposition parties, so that our policy on Pakistan remains unchanged no matter which party's government is in power.

India must treat Pakistan as an enemy state and frame its policy accordingly. India must go all out to support the brewing unrest and insurgencies in Gilgit-Baltistan, Balochistan and Sindh provinces of Pakistan based on the same concept of moral and political support, which Pakistan says it is giving to the Kashmiri people. Instead of reacting to Pakistan's cross border firing let's get proactive. Bombard them at will and at random hours. No flag meetings or border talks. Let the guns speak. Yes, lots of ammunition will be required but the Indian economy can afford it while Pakistan's economy can't.

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