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Beyond borders

In an unprecedented move and perhaps for the first time in as many years of Indian and Pakistani independence, the Wagah border, which hosts the popular flag lowering ceremony, became victim to a horrific suicide attack that claims to have left 61 people dead on the Pakistani side of the border. The dead include ten women, eight children and three security personnel however the numbers can still not be specified. Lahore’s hospitals have since then been brimming with corpses of the dead and the injured being brought in on stretchers. The attack is reminiscent of the cowardice that militant organisations have always displayed and here too innocent civilians have been made the target. Pakistan has been left rattled by 19 incidents of terror attacks till October, 2014 and the administration has shown complete helplessness at containing them. With at least three terror groups claiming responsibility, there further seems to be no leeway in knowing the identity of those behind the attacks. Part of the problem is also Pakistan’s own brainchild as the ISI, the half terrorist- half intelligence agency allegedly keeps galvanised links with terror groups. In all these years of Pakistani belligerence, India has been trying to convey to Pakistan that its intelligence wing is the reason behind the always derailing peace process between the countries. But since the Pakistani army is dependent on the antics of ISI, India’s concerns have rarely solicited any logical answer from the other side of the border. But in this moment of grief it becomes unfair that old wounds are opened again. Pakistani civilians have been on the receiving end of the unnecessary onslaught when it has become pertinent that even no one in that country wants theocracy to be established. India may not say it aloud but it also wants Pakistan to have a democratically elected government than the military making a comeback.
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