CANTANKEROUS

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 10 Dec 2017 10:49:05

PAKISTAN is acting clearly in a cantankerous manner by summoning Indian envoy, Deputy High Commissioner Mr. J.P. Singh, to Foreign Office and protest against an alleged firing by Indian troops across the Line of Control (LoC). The firing had taken place when the Indian troops suspected that some of the Pakistani residents gathered inside Pakistani territory were likely to cross into India. The killing of two persons in the firing has enraged Pakistan, and that led to the action to summon Indian envoy to Foreign Office in Islamabad.

Pakistan Foreign Office also went to the extent of suggesting India should permit United Nations observers to play their mandatory role as per UN Security Council Resolutions. All this come under the category of cantankerous behaviour and nothing else. Pakistani troops have often been found indulging in ceasefire violations time and again killing or injuring countless Indians. In fact, the number of ceasefire violations by Pakistan should be mind-boggling, to say the least. Yet, when with just a terribly rare alleged violation by India took place, Pakistan chose to raise the issue.

Of course, Pakistan is within its right to raise the issue. As for India, it need not worry much about such a summoning because whatever the Indian troops did was in the best national interest when they suspected that some of the Pakistanis gathered for a funeral could cross over into Indian territory. The Indian troops acted tough when they suspected something amiss taking place. This is something they should do without any hesitation if they suspect a foul play.

In the past three years, the Indian troops have become bolder and tougher when it comes to protecting Indian interests. They even conducted what is widely appreciated as surgical strikes into the Pakistani territory. Their precise actions, their tough stance, and their no-nonsense approach to security issues have earned the Indian troops a lot of good name not just in India but also across the world. The Indian people often believe that the Indian troops should be absolutely ruthless when it comes to protecting national interests, without worrying much about ceasefire violations.