But unlikely though
Even as the Indian army has been fighting off a renewed surge of jihadi infiltrators, Pakistan’s military authorities have alleged that some Indian soldiers crossed the Line of Control to arrest one person.
That is what the Indian army should be doing. It may be just the response to discourage Pakistan from injecting infiltrators into Indian territory under the cover of a ‘peace process’. But such a response is as unlikely as it is desirable.
Pakistan’s latest allegations are a variant of the ‘unprovoked shelling by Indian forces’ story that was de rigueur in the past. After the Indian army’s rather successful operation in the Gurez region of Kashmir, this is Pakistan’s tactic to ratchet up the tension, and attempt to put Indian counterterrorism efforts on a back foot, without having to reach the point of actually violating the ceasefire. After 7/7 and increasingly successful attacks by the Taleban in Afghanistan, Pakistan’s links with international terrorism are again in focus. At this moment, Gen Musharraf cannot afford too many risks on the Kashmir front, resulting in allegations, rather than bullets, flying.
Update: The arrested man returns home, Pakistan holds its line while India rejects the allegation. (DT)