To stop ceasefire violations India must engage with Pakistan at political level
It is also to be noted that residents of border and hilly areas along the international border, and LoC suffered the maximum during the recent floods, and now they have to escape the wrath of cross-border firing. The sharp escalation, and deep penetration into the Indian side clearly tells that Pakistan is bent upon creating big trouble which could be a precursor to infiltration which happens every year. The sudden derailment of talks after India opposed the Pakistan High Commissioner talking to Hurriyat might also be a reason that Pakistani side wants to send a strong message that in case India takes a moral high stand, it would badger the Indians living on this side of the border. Last year, the beheading of an Indian soldier had led to a public outcry forcing the Congress government to declare that business could not be usual. If the number of people being killed on Jammu border increases, and the level of damage is high then this issue could assume serious political undertones as the BJP under Modi had repeatedly attacked the Congress for being soft on Pakistan. The border firing could be a bait for the Modi government thrown by the Pakistan army, and political establishment to test it’s resolve to fight terror, and Pak machinations. Right now there is no doubt a vacuum in the engagement between the two countries, and in such a situation it is possible that things could go from bad to worse. It is important that both the countries should revive talks, and India should take a firm step forward because we can not wish away Pakistan as a neighbour if want peace on our borders.