Well, a breath of fresh air. Defence minister Jaitley, yesterday, said, “the cost of this adventurism would be made unaffordable” if Pak persists with its firing across the IB. Pak retorted with the ‘N’ threat. ToI has more of it here
Apparently, Pak firing started minutes after India bagged the hockey gold at the Incheon Asian Games beating Pakistan. And the firing has since then been relentless.
India’s response comes as a breath of fresh air as it used to hardly raise its voice against such Pak misadventure in the previous regime. In a faceoff, if your opposition has a measure of your response then it could be lethal for you which is exactly what had happened.
Where does this leave the ‘Aman ki Asha’ project initiated by the Jung group of news papers and promoted by the ToI India. Well, no where. Talks, although well meaning, are futile. Nothing can ever come of it. Remember, Pakistan is as much under the influence of its army (along with its secret servie ISI) as its democratically elected government, if not more. So no point talking to its “government”. But remember, both countries possess nuclear weapons. This necessitates India remain cautious and not go on an overt war with Pakistan. Its only choice is covert operations.