India-Pakistan in War and Peace by J. N. Dixit

By J. N. Dixit

Because the Kashmir dispute brings India and Pakistan ominously just about nuclear struggle this booklet presents a compelling account of the heritage and politics of those nice South Asian opponents. just like the Israel-Palestine fight, the Indian-Pakistan competition is a legacy of historical past. the 2 international locations went to conflict inside months of turning into self reliant 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 adverse perspectives of nationhood and nationwide mind's eye. J.N. Dixit, former overseas Secretary of India, and one of many world's top experts at the zone, has written a balanced and extremely readable account of the main tempestuous and possibly risky flashpoint in overseas politics.

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The Pakistani media has reported that had the coup succeeded General Musharraf would have been the candidate for head of state. Both Abbasi and General Aziz (who was General Musharraf’s chief of staff in 1999) were reported to be part of this coup. Throughout the 1990s, Musharraf and his senior associates were involved in the supply of finance and arms to various secessionist groups and mercenaries intruding into Jammu and Kashmir. Coming to more recent developments, Pervez Musharraf was not enthusiastic about the Lahore meeting between Nawaz Sharif and Vajpayee.

This approach was entertained by the Pakistani military command from the late 1970s onwards. The first attempt to get a foothold vis-à-vis the Kashmir valley was undertaken in the early 1980s in the Siachen glacier area because Pakistanis felt the demarcation of the Line of Control there could be ambiguously interpreted to justify their intrusion. It is relevant to recall that the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir has clearly been demarcated up to a grid reference point on the map, NJ 9842. It was agreed that it shall lie northwards from this grid reference towards 32 INDIA-PAKISTAN IN WAR & PEACE the glaciers.

Regular Pakistani forces came across the Line of Control all along the 140-kilometre stretch, penetrating into Indian territory to a depth of 10 to 12 kilometres between March and May 1999. When challenged by India, Pakistan argued that it had not crossed into Indian territory, that the Line of Control in this sector was not clearly demarcated or delineated. It would be sufficient to keep the following facts in mind. The Line of Control is rooted in the ceasefire lines drawn up after the 1948 and 1965 wars with Pakistan.

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