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Let cool heads prevail

  • Published at 12:05 am February 28th, 2019
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In a war between such powerful nations, there are no winners, only losers

Escalating tensions between India and Pakistan following the Pulwama attack can only be bad news for everyone.

Right now, reports are coming in of Pakistan and India shooting down each others’ fighter jet planes, while the number of casualties on the ground mounts.

At a time when hostility between these two South Asian nations are boiling over, it is more important than ever to keep the peace -- India and Pakistan are both nuclear powers, and if their fraught relationship keeps getting worse, the fallout would affect many innocent lives.

Pakistan, it is no secret, has been sponsoring terror for decades – it has used cross-border terrorism as a tactical option against India since 1990, and has been using both Pakistani and foreign terrorists since 1995 to keep terror alive and well in the Kashmir region, and for these policies there is no excuse.

At this juncture, not only must Pakistan cease its use of terror as a political tool, the prime ministers of the two nations must both now keep cool heads and avert a crisis of deadlier proportions, because in a war between such powerful nations, there are no winners, only losers.

Desperate retaliatory moves that we are seeing now could mean geopolitical implications that affect not just South Asia, but also China and the Middle East, with more foreign players getting involved, and although that is a worst-case scenario, we must consider it.

It is time for the leadership of both countries to talk to each other, and do what is necessary to ease tensions, though that may be easier said than done, given the current temperature of things, and denials and accusations flying in the air.

Grievances regarding the situation at Kashmir cannot be swept under the rug, as that only increases resentment; at the same time, falling into the trap of war will only cost the countries dearly.