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India's decision to seal Pakistan border reflects 'Cold War mentality'

India recently said it would completely seal its border with Pakistan by December 2018 amid a spike in infiltration bids. In photo: An Indian soldier mans the India-Pakistan border Photograph: (AFP)

Delhi, India Oct 12, 2016, 02.40 AM (IST)

Chinese analysts believe India's decision to seal its border with Pakistan reflected a "Cold War mentality" as it would hurt bilateral trade between the two countries, Chinese newspaper Global Times reported.

"India is making a very irrational decision, since no exhaustive investigation has been conducted after the Uri incident, and no evidence proves Pakistan is behind the attack," Hu Zhiyong, a research fellow of the Institute of International Relations of the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences, said.

Hu also felt that it was important for the Kashmir issue to be resolved soon. 

Wang Dehua, director of the Institute for Southern and Central Asian Studies at the Shanghai Municipal Center for International Studies, also believes that sealing the border would heighten tensions between the countries. "The country's decision reflects its Cold War mentality, and would only cause deeper hatred among residents living in Indian- and Pakistan-controlled Kashmir," he said.

He also felt that getting China, Pakistan and India on one side would get difficult in future.

India is planning to completely close its border with Pakistan by December 2018 amid a surge in infiltration bids by jihadis.

Relations between India and Pakistan have hit a new low following the attack on an Indian Army installation in Uri, Kashmir, on September 18. Eighteen soldiers were killed in the attack by four heavily-armed men, who New Delhi believes were supported by Islamabad.

India subsequently conducted surgical strikes to eliminate terror launch pads in Pakistan-administered Kashmir on the intervening night of September 28 and 29.

The rising ceasefire violations across the Line of Control (the border separating the two South Asian nations) has been cited by New Delhi as another reason to shut its 3,323-kilometre border. Recently, an unnamed senior Indian Army official said Pakistan was guilty of violating ceasefire 25 times since India launched the surgical strikes in the last week of September.



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