रविवार, 3 जनवरी 2016

पठानकोट के बाद

इंडियन एक्सप्रेस का कहना है कि बातचीत जारी रहन चाहिए। बात करना समर्पण नहीं है। अलबत्ता अखबार की सलाह है कि हमें काउंटर टैररिज्म सामर्थ्य को सुधारना चाहिए। आज के हिन्दू, टाइम्स ऑफ इंडिया और हिन्दुस्तान टाइम्स ने  भी तकरीबन यही राय व्यक्त की है। पाकिस्तान के अखबार डॉन का भी यही कहना है। डॉन का यह भी कहना है कि सन 2008 के मुम्बई हमले को लेकर पाकिस्तान की ओर से जो कमी रह गई है उसका नुकसान उसे होगा। 

Indian Express

After Pathankot

Dialogue with Pakistan must go on. But India urgently needs counter-terrorism capacity-building.

Exactly a week after Prime Minister Narendra Modi landed in Lahore, hoping to “turn the course of history”, his ambitious project is being tested by fire. This weekend’s terrorist attack on Pathankot was no surprise; indeed, many in India’s intelligence community had predicted it. Each past effort at peace, after all, has provoked similar strikes. It is too easy, though, to attribute the strike to unnamed spoilers. The more complex truth is that while Pakistan’s all-powerful army seeks to avert a military crisis that would drain its energies at a time of grave internal turmoil, it does not seek normalisation. Pakistan’s army chief, General Raheel Sharif, has made it clear that he will not accept the status-quo on Kashmir. The strike on Pathankot, carried out by the Inter-Services Intelligence’s old client, the Jaish-e-Muhammad, serves a very specific purpose. It signals to Indian policymakers that the Pakistan army can inflict pain, but at a threshold below that which makes it worthwhile for New Delhi to retaliate. Barring reflexive hawks, after all, no one would argue that it makes sense for Delhi to risk even limited conflict after the strike on Pathankot. 
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