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By J. N. Dixit

Because the Kashmir dispute brings India and Pakistan ominously just about nuclear battle this booklet presents a compelling account of the historical past and politics of those nice South Asian opponents. just like the Israel-Palestine fight, the Indian-Pakistan contention is a legacy of background. the 2 nations went to battle inside of months of turning into autonomous and, over the subsequent half-century, they've got fought 3 different wars and clashed on the United countries and each different worldwide discussion board. it's a complicated clash, over faith and territory with diametrically antagonistic perspectives of nationhood and nationwide mind's eye. J.N. Dixit, former international Secretary of India, and one of many world's major professionals at the area, has written a balanced and intensely readable account of the main tempestuous and very likely harmful flashpoint in foreign politics.

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If consequently the hostages came to harm or if the plane was blown up, there would have been criticism of the Government of India, but at the same time, the Taliban would have been seen as being a party to the terrorist 24 INDIA-PAKISTAN IN WAR & PEACE demands. The bottomline for examining the options that might have been exercised was whether India was willing to accept the loss of life of hostages to convey the critical message that it would not succumb to terrorist pressures. There are perhaps only two countries that have such a categorical policy approach on terrorism and hijacking cases: China and Israel.

In its formal response, the Government of Pakistan said it would undertake to apprehend and prosecute any persons found on its territory, or the territory of Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, who may be suspected of the hijacking. Pakistan then proceeded to say that none of the hijackers was in any part of Pakistan, this after the ISI ensured the return of the hijackers, first to Pakistan-occupied Kashmir and then facilitating their re-entry into Jammu and Kashmir in India. That the hijackers were back in Jammu and Kashmir to carry on their violent activities was publicly announced by Maulana Masood Azhar in one of his speeches in Bahawalpur.

The Line of Control is rooted in the ceasefire lines drawn up after the 1948 and 1965 wars with Pakistan. The present Line of Control was drawn up on the basis of the stipulations of the Simla Agreement of July 1972. The Line was drawn on the basis of mutual consent between the senior army commanders of India and Pakistan. The delineation of the Line has been shown on nine maps with detailed grid references in the appropriate scale. These have been countersigned by the military representatives of Pakistan.

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