Indian Interior Minister Sushil Kumar’s concern expressed while he was addressing a panel of Interpol, that India is facing a serious terrorist threat from across the border, for one thing, shows the tendency of dragging and then besmirching Pakistan’s name in every other discussion with the western audience. He went on to censure Pakistan by saying that the talks with it did not lead to any result which is more or less also how Islamabad views the outcome of the composite dialogue so far. If talks have gone nowhere because of Pakistan’s position on outstanding issues particularly on Kashmir that happens to be in line with the solution suggested by the UNSC resolutions calling for a free and fair plebiscite, then so be it. There is nothing perhaps that can be done to convince India to think that way, unless the resilient Kashmiris themselves staying put will one day end the reign of terror. That has been bringing about a gradual change in how a section of Indians themselves view the conflict and with the conscientious citizens starting to see themselves as aggressors rather than subscribing to the version propagated by New Delhi, it will not be long before Kashmiri cry for the right of self-determination will be heard. Pakistan has stood by the people of the Valley, although with the passage of time the enthusiasm has somewhat ebbed away it seems. Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, who is these days expressing a keen interest in cross-border trade, has stated that Pakistan-India wars have bred poverty in both the countries, which is absolutely true because wars never solve things; they stir up more trouble. But where he keeps reiterating that talks are the way forward, he should be taking a pause and listen to what the Indian Interior Minister has said; that negotiations with Pakistan have been meaningless. What this assertion has evinced is that Indians do not believe in talks, all the more so because in no way are they willing to step back from their position that Kashmir is their integral part.

Since no more relying on talks and peaceful solution of conflicts, India is taking on the path of armament on a scale that has even raised hackles among the US press hoping that this will give it the military muscle strong enough to dictate rules of the game to its neighbours. To coexist peacefully like that is asking for the impossible; New Delhi has to settle the disputes to the satisfaction of the aggrieved parties and the international community.