At the same time as Pakistan has decided to activate back-channel diplomacy to end the LoC confrontation with India, jingoists on the Indian front are going about fanning the flames of the confrontation, and showing a hostility that does not respond at all to the Nawaz government’s oft-expressed, pre-crisis, desire for better relations. One is moved to pity for the Nawaz government, seeing the response it is getting from India.

While the statement by Indian COAS Gen Vikram Singh reflects the official stand of the Indian government, the vandalism at an art exhibition in Ahmedabad reflects that the Indian opposition is more adamantly opposed to Pakistan than the present government. Given the total lack of a manifesto, the opposition is trying to unite the Indian people under an anti-Pakistan agenda.

The exhibition, at which 11 Pakistani and six Indian artists exhibited their works, was vandalized by workers of the Vishwa Hari Parishad (VHP), as admitted by the Gujarat VHP general secretary. Ahmadabad is not only the capital of Gujarat, the place where riots were fomented in 2002 by Chief Minister Narendra Modi, but is still his state capital. Still chief minister, Modi is now head of the BJP, which is the political arm of the Sangh Parivar, of which the VHP is also a key member, and which shared the VHP’s Hindu supremacist ideology.

Since the unmasking of Colonel Purohit, the links of the military with the Parivar have become clear, so it was only natural, according to its own twisted logic, for the workers of a Parivar organisation to respond to the border situation by trashing an exhibition.

Under these circumstances, Pakistan government's efforts to restart back-channel diplomacy display correct patience and responsibility, in contrast to continuing Indian aggression.

Pakistan must convey the need for India to move towards a permanent solution of the Kashmir conflict by allowing the people to exercise their inherent right of self-determination. The flare-ups over the LoC have caused loss of life to both sides. It is only in their own self-interest that the matter is more permanently resolved, and the Kashmiri people can look forward to beginning life under a government with full agency, not a forcibly installed regime. If only the Indians would realise this, as the Pakistanis have, as behave more demonstrably like a responsible entity, instead of endangering a sensitive ceasefire by their posturing.