Lines (out) of Control

Abiding peace continues to elude people in India and Pakistan as talks between the National Security Advisers (NSA) of the two countries were recently called off. The Line of Control (LoC) is in a state of constant tension, with both sides suffering unremitting casualties. A war of words goes on in the media with leaders on both sides blaming each other for putting up pre-conditions for the talks at the last minute. The Nawaz-Modi meeting in the Russian city of Ufa was at the time seen as a breath of fresh air. Soon after the joint statement that agreed to talks between the NSAs of the two countries was issued, snags in the process emerged. Both sides started giving their own spin to the construction of the joint statement.