Updated Mar 16, 2019 Lucknow | 12:00 IST | Frank Huzur
For all those, celeberating war and making jokes about it, just ask the people living on both sides of the border, how they feel right now. We are sitting in our comfortable rooms chanting for war on social media, having no idea what so ever about that feeling. Sense should prevail on both sides. Say no to war. Peace is the only way forward.
NarendraModi gets into full election mode. India claims “surgical strike 2” on Pakistan while Pakistan says that IAF jets met with full force and were made to retreat. Amid claims and counter claims, nationalism and patriotism would be the only issues for the general elections. Every other issue would be put into the back burner. Poverty and unemployment are going to be there the way they are. Enjoy the circus of war.
People on the Indian side of the Wagah border are shown celebrating after the IAF strike on Pakistan. No one is poor among them neither anyone comes from the class most of the CRPG Jawans killed in the Pulwama attack came from. These people regard this border just as a tourist spot. They don’t care how many soldiers and from whichever class of the society die fighting to defend them and satisfying their war mongering “collective conscience”. From here these people will go back to the big cities of India and won’t ever care to find out how the family members of the slain paramilitary personnel are doing. They are dancing here just like they dance during weddings and parties, they just need a moment of joy and nothing else. The poor will keep dying for these people’s nationalism and patriotism. I have not seen someone celebrating war like this ever. If this is patriotism then certainly this idea of patriotism is highly misplaced, it has nothing to do with the idea of the patriotism of this country’s founding fathers after independence.
“There is no intention to escalate and will act in restraint and responsibly”: India to Foreign Envoys in New Delhi.. #Diplomaticbriefing .
“The harmonious coexistence of the two countries is vital to regional peace, stability and development. It is fundamentally in line with the interests of both India and Pakistan. We hope that both sides will exercise restraint and be able to take actions that will help stabilize the situation in the region and help to improve mutual relations, not the other way around,” said the Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson.
The Indian airstrike is aimed at terrorist force. “I want to say that combating terrorism is a global challenge. This requires cooperation between countries and creates favorable conditions and atmosphere for the necessary international cooperation,
Pakistan must do everything possible to implement its own proscription of Jaish-e-Mohammed. It can no longer allow extremist groups the legal and physical space to operate from its territory,” she added.
These steps by Pakistan would make a substantial contribution to easing tensions and resolving the underlying causes of conflict.
Both sides are “to exercise restraint, avoid any action which would endanger peace and security in the region and engage in dialogue to ensure that these issues are resolved peacefully.”.
Clarification was sought from the Indian side on the meaning of the term “non-military pre-emptive action”. India explained that it was meant to distinguish that the targets were not military installations. “It was non-military, as non-military targets were bombed, we were told,” said a diplomatic source.
India has told foreign envoys that it doesn’t want to see any “escalation” after Indian airstrikes hit a training camp of Jaish-e-Mohammed in Pakistan early on Tuesday, 26 February 2019.
“In an intelligence-led operation in the early hours of today, India struck the biggest training camp of JeM in Balakot. In this operation, a very large number of JeM terrorists, trainers, senior commanders and groups of jihadis who were being trained for fidayeen action were eliminated,” said foreign secretary Vijay Gokhale in a statement before the Indian media.
The Dean of Diplomatic Corps in Delhi, Frank Hans Dannenberg Castellanos also said that the information provided to the foreign envoys was similar to the public statement.
He also that India had conveyed that “there is no intention to escalate and will act in restraint and responsibly”.