It was for the first time a part of Kashmir reverberated with anti-Pakistan slogans. Kupwara was witness to the outpour of anger when large number of people gathered at the burial of Sunjwan Martyr Ashraf Mir saw the vehicle carrying the coffin of the slain soldiers. This is a quantum change in peoples’ psyche which in itself reflects the internal resentment brewing. There could be retaliation, but overall the response was encouraging. Surprisingly for Ashraf Mir this was the first posting to his home State otherwise he had served almost every part of India. Opposition parties have been braying for BJP-PDP leaders’ life. Surprisingly there was no reaction from Prime Minister generally we used to hear the same with Home Minister, no reaction from Army Chief and the only one was from the Defense Minister, which led to Pakistan reacting in strong words. We have been hearing this for a quite long time that ‘Pakistan will have to pay heavily’ after terrorists attack on security men. But no action and also know that no country can afford to go on war due to the after effect on the economy and world over it will have negative impact. Immediately after the Sunjwan attack , terrorists struck at a CRPF camp claiming the lives of two troopers. Given the spate of attacks on security camps over the last couple of years, it’s clear that enough isn’t being done to protect military installations in Jammu and Kashmir. It may be recalled that several measures were proposed by a top-level tri-services committee headed by former Army Vice-chief Lt-Gen Philip Campose in the aftermath of the Pathankot Air Base attack in January 2016 in which seven military personnel were killed by terrorists. These recommendations ranged from installation of modern access control, perimeter security cum intrusion detection systems and better intelligence security coordination to provision of new weapons, bullet-proof jackets and night vision equipment to personnel guarding the bases. However, most of these are hanging fire with quite a few army camps in J&K still not equipped with adequate perimeter defences. Given the ground situation New Delhi has little option other than to shore up defences, control infiltration, raise the costs for Pakistan and continue trying to diplomatically isolate it.
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