A 'Cold Peace Reigns' On The India-Pakistan Border

Diposkan oleh Muhammad Tsani Abdul Hakim on Monday, August 15, 2011

On The India-Pakistan Border, A Cold Peace -- New York Times/Reuters

SURATGARH, India (Reuters) - It has been nearly eight years since India and Pakistan agreed a cease-fire over Kashmir - long enough for residents to start building brick houses and plant paddy fields up to the edge of one of the world's most heavily militarized borders.

But for soldiers guarding the disputed frontier, it is a fragile peace that can be broken at any time.

"I wouldn't call our relationship on the border cordial. We characterize it as professional," said an officer of India's Border Security Force (BSF), speaking on condition he not be identified because of the sensitivity of his assignment on the front-line.

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My Comment: All of this talk about detente and peaceful coexistence can evaporate in an instant after just one major terrorist attack and/or diplomatic breakdown .... a situation that the militants and extremists know only too well.

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