In­dia in­stalls Laser walls

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IN­DIAN

gov­ern­ment has de­vel­oped a sort of an er­ro­neous no­tion of us­ing ev­ery tac­tic in­clud­ing mil­i­tary and co­er­cive diplo­macy to keep Pak­istan un­der pres­sure. Whilst it has now ac­ti­vated about a dozen Laser walls along the bor­der with Pak­istan in Pun­jab af­ter ex­per­i­ment­ing with barbed wires, sur­veil­lance cam­eras and even cow­bells and camels, there are also re­ports that New Delhi plans to in­stall the same tech­nol­ogy at the line of con­trol to what it says check cross bor­der in­fil­tra­tion.

In the past also, the In­dian side had the plans to build a wall struc­ture on the line of con­trol which was protested by Pak­istan at the UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil level, de­scrib­ing it as In­dian ef­fort to con­vert the LOC into a quasi in­ter­na­tional bor­der. In two let­ters to the UN, our per­ma­nent rep­re­sen­ta­tive to the UN Maleeha Lodhi had stated that Pak­istan con­sid­ers that the em­bank­ment of a per­ma­nent struc­ture will bring about a ma­te­rial change in the ter­ri­tory in vi­o­la­tion in­ter- alia of Se­cu­rity Coun­cil res­o­lu­tion of 1948. We ex­pect that Pak­istani side will not re­main silent this time too over In­dia’s move to in­stall these Laser walls on the LoC and raise the is­sue at the in­ter­na­tional fo­rums in­clud­ing the United Na­tions, keep­ing in view its hu­man­i­tar­ian im­pli­ca­tions on the di­vided fam­i­lies. In­stead of re­sort­ing to such tac­tics in­clud­ing that of sab­o­tage ac­tiv­i­ties within Pak­istan, the In­dian side should shun its in­tran­si­gence and sit with Pak­istan for the res­o­lu­tion of all out­stand­ing is­sues which will help bring peace and sta­bil­ity on both sides of the bor­der and the re­gion at large. But what has tran­spired from re­cent For­eign Sec­re­tary level talks in New Delhi, it ap­pears that the In­dian gov­ern­ment is not se­ri­ous to hold talks with in the near fu­ture. Whilst Pak­istan has al­ways pos­i­tively tried to en­gage with In­dia, it should also not re­main obliv­i­ous to the re­cent de­vel­op­ments on the LoC and raise the is­sue of in­stal­la­tion of Laser walls with the In­dian side also, as such a move will make it more dif­fi­cult for the di­vided fam­i­lies liv­ing on both sides of the line to con­tact and meet each other.

IN­DIA’S Prime Min­is­ter, Mr Modi vis­ited Saudi Ara­bia in the first week of this month. He was given an un­prece­dented warm wel­come by the Saudi king, Sal­man. Dur­ing the visit, both coun­tries signed agree­ments in­clud­ing co­op­er­a­tion in in­tel­li­gence shar­ing re­gard­ing ter­ror fi­nanc­ing and money laun­der­ing, and pro­mot­ing in­vest­ments. Both sides also agreed to en­hance de­fence co­op­er­a­tion through mu­tual vis­its of mil­i­tary ex­perts, con­duct­ing joint mil­i­tary ex­er­cises, vis­its of ships and air­crafts and sup­ply of arms and am­mu­ni­tion and their joint de­vel­op­ment. King, Sal­man also awarded Modi, Saudi Ara­bia’s high­est civil­ian award, King Ab­dulaziz Sash. Saudi Ara­bia has also agreed to make in­vest­ments in In­dia’s in­fra­struc­ture de­vel­op­ment out of its fourth largest sovereign wealth fund in the world with the present hold­ing stand­ing at 632.3bil­lion USD.

Ac­cord­ing to the com­ments of IDSA, In­dia, Modi was suc­cess­ful in rais­ing the level of strate­gic part­ner­ship from the com­mer­cial re­la­tions, to the political, se­cu­rity and de­fence co­op­er­a­tion. It is be­ing claimed by the In­dian an­a­lysts that the visit was very timely, be­ing part of In­dia’s ef­fort to iso­late Pak­istan from the Gulf re­gion, when Pak­istan’s re­la­tions with Saudi

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