Grossly irresponsible electronic media
The recent incident of indiscriminate firing by Indian armed forces on Pakistani troops in Haji Pir Sector on the Line of Control had resulted in killing of a Pakistani soldier Muhammad Aslam and injuring many others. This incident was not given adequate coverage by electronic and print media, however, did fairly well in exposing Indian violation of Ceasefire Agreement, and even wrote editorials.
On Thursday, another Pakistan Army soldier, Havaldar Mohyuddin, embraced martyrdom in unprovoked firing by Indian troops at Hot-spring sector in Battal. After Sunday’s incident of attacking Pakistani troops, Indian military on Tuesday fabricated the story of an attack by Pakistani troops on an Indian military patrol across the LoC claiming that two Indian soldiers were killed in the assault, and one of them was beheaded. Indian media played up the incident, and in their talk shows. The Indian TV channels spew venom against Pakistan, but Pakistani electronic media did not adequately respond to Indian propaganda and are infatuated by aman ki asha.
Indian media, as usual, supported Indian government’s stance, and Pakistan media as usual showed indifference and apathy towards national cause and lived up to its tradition of irresponsible behavior. Electronic media did not cover the Sunday's unprovoked Indian attack, which is a question mark on the patriotism of its owners, its analysts and panelists. Pakistan, however, registered its protest and demanded of India to abide by the ceasefire agreement strictly. Pakistan has also proposed a UN probe into the Sunday's Indian attack on the Pakistani post, and also the alleged assault on the Indian patrol by Pakistani soldiers, which is reflective of Pakistan’s desire to let the world know the truth. It is heartening to note that this time round international media have taken a serious view of the above incidents. On 6th January 2012, Reuters had reported that a Pakistani soldier was killed and another injured in a gunfight between Indian and Pakistani troops in Kashmir on Sunday.
Indian army spokesman Colonel Jagadish Dahiya said Indian troops had not crossed the Line of Control. “However, there was a ceasefire violation by Pakistan. Our troops retaliated by firing. None of our troops crossed the Line of Control. We have no casualties or injuries,” he added. This statement knocks the bottom of Indian military’s pretence that Indian soldier was killed in attack from Pakistani troops. Whereas one could see some positive change in Indian leadership when it expressed its desire to improve its relations with Pakistan, unfortunately Indian military has been trying to impede the peace process despite the fact that Pakistan with all its sincerity, eagerness and sense of accommodation is poised to promote the idea of peace and normalcy. Both countries had recently agreed to improve visa regime to facilitate people from both sides.
Pakistan recently gave some suggestions to India for the resolution of all disputes through negotiations. But Indian Army reiterated its stand on Siachen issue and cautioned the Indian government about the disadvantages of withdrawal from Siachen. The top brass has reportedly refused to move its men or machines from Siachen Glacier, ruling out possibility of any demilitarization of the area. Indian Army’s fresh assessment of the situation had come ahead of the Indo-Pak talks on Siachen that were held on 10-11 June 2012. Indian Army also rejected all Pakistani suggestions of demilitarization of Siachen Glacier unless Pakistan agrees to Actual Ground Position Line (AGPL) on the Glacier. The question is whether Indian military has become obstreperous and uncontrollable, and also has an upper hand in formulating even foreign policy of the country?