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Will a 'softer' LoC foster peace between India and Pakistan?

September 02, 2004 16:53 IST
Last Updated: September 02, 2004 17:02 IST

In a significant development, the government is reportedly ready to 'soften' the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir to enhance people-to-people contacts, despite concerns over the recent increase in infiltration and violence in the state.

The aim, apparently, is to make some 'realistic progress' in the composite dialogue process when External Affairs Minister K Natwar Singh meets his Pakistani counterpart Khurshid M Kasuri on September 5-6 in New Delhi.

Proponents believe the free movement of citizens between J&K and Pak-occupied-Kashmir would foster a desire for peace and turn the tide against terrorists.

But critics argue the move would actually encourage further infiltration of terrorists, and demoralize and weaken India's security personnel, who have been fighting foreign-trained militants for over 15 years now.

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Sub: Soldiers are needed to defend the LOC - Part 2

That a Vice-Admiral of Bharat’s navy presents such views with the intention of tilting arguments in favour of the self-proclaimed enemy of Bharat surely has ...

Posted by Khandu Patel

Sub: Soldiers are needed to defend the LOC - Part 2

I do not know if it is done with a view to distancing themselves from the strictures of office that previously confined them or some ...

Posted by Khandu Patel

Sub: Soldiers are needed to defend the LOC - Part 3

Last weeks massacre of 300 at a school in Russia, and terrorism taking place in Europe every few months has inclined Europe, and indeed the ...

Posted by Khandu Patel

Sub: No Question of Softer LoC

Question of Softer LoC should not arise in the first place. I am speaking not just for myself, but i am speaking on the behalf ...

Posted by Ram

Sub: Softer LOC? Hoax or Circus

LOC is defined as temporary line of control. Indian politicians have no guts to evacuate illegally occupied PoK. Now they want softer LOC? Vajpayee had ...

Posted by Jatin Patel



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