The Pulwama attack on convoy of 78 CRPF vehicles moving from Jammu to Srinagar, killing 44 security personnel and injuring many on Thursday in South Kashmir, is another blood-soaked reminder for the nation to act for peace restoration in the disputed Valley.
As the national political leaders, or every Indian in that matter is deeply saddened by the cowardly act carried out on the armed forces in Kashmir on Thursday – the nation voices unitedly, but perhaps it is time to act unitedly to resolve the entangled dispute that the Valley is in. For Pulwama attack, claimed by Pakistan-based militancy outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed aka JeM, is one of the most crucifying attacks in the history – far graver than the one in Uri, where 19 army officers were killed.
Immediately after the news of the Pulwama attack, the political party leaders started speaking about an “unforgettable response” to be given. For such a dark attack on the nation, the government has the right to act upon it and respond for the sake of national security. Like New Delhi had responded with the surgical strike to avenge Uri attack, it might again be tempted to flex muscles to avenge the Pulwama killings, especially with the general election heading straight. But before choosing how to act, the government needs weigh on the options with care, for dealing in the hostile territory has never been not rebounding.
This, and a series of other attacks is a reminder for India to actually act on the matter and take concrete steps to restore peace. Restraining is not easy, especially when such a huge number of jawans are killed, but history is the proof for the fact that avenges have made little impacts on the ground reality in the Valley. While we must be prepared for a stalwart comeback for Pulwama, and for every martyr’s sacrifice, it is necessary for us to pay heed at the ominous ground reality of Kashmir. And as a matter of fact, we might be booted for anything, the delay is costing us an unforgivably indispensable price and it is high time to act for real.