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Violence Continues In The Valley; India Willing To Talk With Pakistan On Cross-border Terrorism In Kashmir

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Within 36 hours militant attack in Kashmir killed three personnel and injured five in Baramulla district. On Wednesday Hizbul Mujahidin militants attacked a security convoy around 3am and killed the three. SSP Baramulla Imtiyaz Hussain told the reporters that two soldiers and a police constable died on the convoy.

Hizbul Mujahidin claimed the responsibility for the attack. In 36 hours this is the third attack in the valley. Terrorists in north Kashmir’s Kupwara and Uri sector taking the advantage of the unrest in the valley and they entered in south and central Kashmir. According to a senior intelligence officer, armed terrorists after infiltrating into the Indian side they travelling from one part of the valley to another.

The protest after the death of Hizbul commander Burhan Wani is continuing for more than one month. More than 60 people have killed so far. This is also increasing the tension between India and Pakistan. India blamed Pakistan for encouraging terror in Jammu and Kashmir.

India is willing to send foreign secretary S Jaishankar to Pakistan for discussing the issue on cross-border terrorism and their focus will be only on that matter not the unrest in J&K. High commissioner Gautam Bambawale conveyed India’s position and he handed over a formal response to the inviting letter of Pakistani foreign secretary Aizaz Chaudhry which said to send an Indian counterpart for discussions on the Kashmir issue.

According to sources, the Indian foreign secretary is willing to visit Islamabad. The sources further said the cross-border terrorism in Kashmir is the central to current situation in Kashmir and in the discussion between the foreign secretariats a proposal has given to focus only on that matter.

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The situation on Kashmir is the result of Pakistan’s interference and cross-border terrorism. India made it clear that “government of India rejects in their entirety the self-serving allegations regarding the situation in Jammu and Kashmir, which is an integral part of India where Pakistan has no locus standi.”

Foreign secretary Jaishankar expressed the terrorism issue is a major problem and it has become so central to the India-Pakistan relationship that “it makes the relationship difficult to grow”.  He stated that all SAARC nations have agreed for the regional development but Pakistan’s different view of terrorism had made the nation a difficult partner for all SAARC nations.

But there was no official date for the meeting of two foreign secretariats. However, former diplomats warned that Pakistan’s offer of talks could be a trap for India.  Former ambassador Rajiv Dogra, an old Pakistan hand said that the neighbor is focused on Kashmir and the nation “could give the world community the impression that bilateral relations are tied to Kashmir.”

Former envoy who once headed a bilateral anti-terror mechanism, KC Singh asserted that the two sides were sticking in their own positions, so nothing had changed. “If anything, the situation has crystallized because of Pakistan’s recent actions.”

During a media briefing on August 12 in Islamabad Aziz, now the advisor on foreign affairs to Sharif gave the proposal for talks on Kashmir. Three days later, the Pakistani foreign secretary handed over the letter and invited Jaishankar to visit Pakistan for bilateral talks.

On Wednesday Kashmir based opposition parties asked the centre to start a dialogue with all the stakeholders including Pakistan to re-establish normalcy in the valley.

Suchismita Biswas
Suchismita Biswas

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