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Glitch in Indo-Pak peace process a ‘historical trend’, says Pak analyst

Washington, Jan. 11 (ANI): It is a historical trend that whenever India and Pakistan move toward peace, one small incident reverses all progress made by the dialogue process, said

Raza Rumi of the Pakistani think tank, Jinnah Institute.

Rumi said the blame game by the two countries has been aggravated by the sensationalism of the Indian media, and the Pakistani media could now follow suit, reports the Christian Science Monitor.

Tensions between India and Pakistan increased after Pakistan reported that another one of its soldiers was killed by Indian troops.

This is the fourth death reported in the past five days along the along the 415-mile long Line of Control (LoC) that divides the disputed Jammu and Kashmir region between the two countries.

Kashmir has been a major flashpoint between India and Pakistan for more than 60 years. In 2003, India and Pakistan signed a cease-fire agreement, but analysts worry the latest flareup could quickly develop into the worst crisis in relations since the Mumbai attacks of 2008 sent relations into a deep chill.

However, analysts have noted a change in tone in two reports in the Indian media on Thursday, which both appeared to blame India, not Pakistan, for the skirmish. Analysts see this as the Indian establishment’s way of backing down from heated rhetoric earlier this week.

India has rejected Pakistan’s offer of a United Nations investigation, in keeping with the Indian position of not involving a third party in the Kashmir dispute.

Pakistani military commentator Ayesha Siddiqa said the response in the Indian media to the skirmish on the LoC suggested “somebody wants to negatively impact the peace process”.

Indian Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde said India had intelligence that Hafiz Saeed, chief of the Lashkar-e-Taiba militant group that India blames for the Mumbai attacks, had recently visited the areas near the LoC “and talked to some people,” suggesting the attacks may have been carried out by non-state actors. (ANI)