Pakistan desires “peaceful and good-neighbourly” relations with India but has not stopped ceasefire violations all along the border with Jammu and Kashmir, not stopped supporting terrorist activities against India. Today the ceasefire violations as well as terrorist killings have become just matter of number and for statistical purposes besides that there has been no change in the stance along the International Border and over the Line of Control. Earlier, India and Pakistan have accused each other of harassing diplomats and has withdrawn diplomatic relations. Pakistan also expressed desire to keep the dialogue process open under the new regime headed by Imran Khan even now also. India has been advocating for talks on the condition it should stop border firing to support the infiltration of terrorists. India also asked it to destroy terror-factories running in Pakistan occupied Kashmir. The sudden change of heart for the neighbour looks to come from the constant pressure it has been facing from the indigenous terror groups and from US and other big nations. Here the adage ‘what you sow, so shall you reap’ comes true for Pakistan. It has been on the forefront to support and purport the Jihad being carried out by terrorist groups against India. Amid heightened tensions between the two neighbouring countries, the Pakistan Army invited last year, for the first time, Indian Defence Attache and senior diplomats of the Indian High Commission to join the March 23 celebrations at Islamabad last year. This year there has been a boycott by New Delhi on the invite to Hurriyat leaders. The border, as also the LoC, is fenced, although that has not stopped skirmishes and ambushes. Different interpretations of the boundary between Jammu and West Punjab and Sialkot, however, remain. For Pakistan, this is still a ‘working boundary’ and not the international border, since the territory on the other side is Jammu and Kashmir. For India, this is an international border. Some of the most intense ceasefire violations of the recent past have been in this area. India has made it clear to Islamabad that the onus is on Pakistan to create a conducive atmosphere for dialogue between the two countries. Now let us see how the stalled dialogue proceeds further after the Parliamentary elections in India.
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