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Can India and Pakistan think out-of-the-box to become normal neighbors?
HARISH DIDO | 29 Jul 2015

Unless and until, Pakistan satisfies India on terrorism-related issues, there cannot be progress in other sectors of relations. Both have to be innovative in their thinking.

Recent attack at Dinanagar near international border Gurdaspur District of Punjab has once again proved that the terrorists across the border are active and they don't want to miss any opportunity to unstable India. No doubt, despite trying  to shake down the situation in our country, they have not been successful in their plans and the police acting swiftly killed all the three terrorists after encounter of almost more than ten hours.  But it is difficult to say, as to why the Punjab has been chosen by them to give practical shape to their plans.

One speculation is that they wanted to target the Amarnath pilgrims or they were tramped from the planned route  or changed their mind at the eleventh hour.  The recovery of GPS from them, live bombs from the railway track and equipped with arms and ammunition shows that they had come with full rehearsal for a major attack.

Our secret agencies have definitely stumbled somewhere as there was no low or distant sound of their entering into India.

In the present scenario, it is difficult to trust on Pakistan.  Moreso, anti-India atmosphere in Pakistan is profoundly affected in view no Pakistan PM having no equation with its Army except with the fanatics who are not interested in normalization of relations between the two countries.  Perhaps, this attack could be a part of strategy of Taliban, Laskhar-e-Toiba  or Haqani Networks terrorists groups active in Pakistan, who have full support of Pakistan.

In such circumstances, normalcy in relations between India and Pakistan looks to be a dream. There is no scope for improvement of relations.    India has to take a stand against the terrorist's attacks besides having open option for dialogue across the table to decide the issue once for all.

In fact, each side projects itself as pursuing the right course of action and always blames the other side for the conflict and tension along the international order.  Both have to think out-of-the-box if the relations are to be normalized.

Frankly speaking, while Pakistan needs to change its approach to improve bilateral relations by stopping to send the intruders to disturb the peace in India and at the same time,  India also needs to take meaningful steps to improve bilateral relations.  Unless and until, Pakistan satisfies India on terrorism-related issues, there cannot be progress in other sectors of relations. Both have to be innovative in their thinking.