Comments on: Firing on LoC: Blame game and spillovers continue Perspectives on South Asian politics Thu, 02 Jun 2016 08:03:22 +0000 hourly 1 By: Woman21 Fri, 18 Jan 2013 05:51:36 +0000 In my opinion better a Pakistani artist suffers than war between two countries. I have been reading editorials of leading dailies- TOI and HT. Both of them ridiculed the above happenings and said it will not solve the problem in the long run. Well, to start with the middle class is not this optimist that India and Pakistan will stop fighting. But there is something called drawing a line, saying that certain things are not acceptable. Is it the first time that such thing has happened? Then why didn’t middle class react before? Because not even in our worst nightmares had we imagined that for 13 years a father of an Indian officer will be running from hill to post for justice for his severely tortured son. When Kargil happened in 1999, I remember images of Pakistani soldiers being buried with full respect, proper coffins, Islamic rituals and Pakistani flag by Indian army. What prompted it was the fact that Pakistani army refused to claim the soldiers. And what we get in return is stunning silence of political class on what happens to the people and the army. (And mind it I am not saying that Indians shouldn’t bury the soldiers in the future, but our soldiers, officers and people are not going to be mistreated by Pakistan). The rhetoric of Sushma Swaraj is too late. It was during BJP reign’s that Saurabh Kalia was attacked. What have both these parties done to stop these instances. If today Salman Bashir has decided to probe the matter is because of the outrage of the middle class and the media. (Though honestly I don’t see much outcome, I am sure that Pakistan will find some way to deny).

As far as question of Pakistani artist is concerned, I agree it’s complicated. In Pakistan we are meeting a fractured society that has lost control over it’s army. So we may not be able to blame Pakistani people for everything that happens. But even here is a common thread- both the artist and army hate India. There is a strong anti-India sentiment. I am not sure how much these artists build trust and placate tempers against India. They can, but I am not sure if they have much power. But as the matters now stand let these people go respectfully back to Pakistan and placate the middle class temper than an outright war starts out. Because we are rightfully indignant over last 20 years of terrorist attacks on our soil, mutilation of our soldiers, regular militancy in Kashmir (check your own record in Pakistan occupied Kashmir before you lecture India s_abuses_in_Azad_Kashmir), and yes the insulting silence of our political class.