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Editorial: Indo-Pak tension

The tension between two neighboring South Asian countries India and Pakistan escalating day by day causing wide range unrest throughout the region. From last two days both the countries are making claims of inflicting huge logistic and human losses to each others in air strikes. Pakistani authorities Wednesday claimed shooting down two Indian Air Force planes and arresting its two pilots. Whereas the Indian officials are making similar claims of attacking Pakistan’s F–16 fighter. So far Pakistan has made public identity of one of the arrested pilots of damaged Indian mirage fighters. Prime Minster Imran Khan in his speech before the masses also confirmed the air strikes in Indian territory in retaliation of its Tuesday morning attack and had repeated his offer of probing the Pulwama incident through joint teams. Earlier, in Pakistan the official confirmed ground battling with India on at least six different places on Line Of Control (LOC), considered boundaries between the two countries on controversial Kashmir territory. However, the situation between the two countries turned tense too much after the recent terrorist attack against Indian security forces at Pulwama. Besides UN and US several other countries are showing concern over escalating tension between the two countries and requesting New Delhi and Islamabad to demonstrate patience and realise its responsibilities of easing the tension through dialogues. According to spokesman of foreign office at Washington, the US Secretary of State Mr. Pompeo while showing concern over India-Pakistan tension, states, “following Indian counter-terrorism actions on February 26, I spoke with Indian Minister of External Affairs Swaraj to emphasize our close security partnership and shared goal of maintaining peace and security in the region.  I also spoke to Pakistani Foreign Minister Qureshi to underscore the priority of de-escalating current tensions by avoiding military action, and the urgency of Pakistan taking meaningful action against terrorist groups operating on its soil.  I expressed to both Ministers that we encourage India and Pakistan to exercise restraint, and avoid escalation at any cost.  I also encouraged both Ministers to prioritize direct communication and avoid further military activity.” Similar appeals are also being made by UN Secretary General and other world leaders. No one could deny the fact that battling and fighting are no more solution to any sort of issues. So far fifth un-declared war is commenced between the two countries. In earlier four wars, people of both the countries suffered a lot. Whatever might be results of battling but it would end after inflicting huge losses to both the sides and leaders coming down on table for dialogues. Not only India and Pakistan but almost of South Asian countries are suffering due to increasing trend of militancy, which has made crippled economically its people. The US Secretary of State telephonic talk with Pakistan’s Foreign Minister is very clear, where he had asked “underscore the priority of de-escalating current tensions by avoiding military action, and the urgency of Pakistan taking meaningful action against terrorist groups operating on its soil.” These militants have made nights as sleeplessness also of war stricken Afghans and others. It is the time for Pakistan to take steps against these militants who are involved in violence and terror in all over the region.   

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