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Can peaceful dialogue resolve India and Pakistan issues?

Can peaceful dialogue resolve India and Pakistan issues? The answer is only when Pakistan can accept and embrace cultural pluralism.

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If only it would be so easy: ask for a peaceful resolution and have it granted by the warring parties. United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is from South Korea. How about just resolving that old conflict with North Korea?

What is bothersome here is that UN chief figurehead needs to get into the details to make a difference. Lofty requests without substance in solutions and guidance is worthless.

In the instance of India and Pakistan, there is a border between the nations. Is that border recognized by the United Nations? Which of these two have disputes about the border and exactly what territory is in dispute?

According to the Foreign Policy report that is known to be highly reputable Pakistanis “violated the ceasefire agreement 23 times and there have been 90 infiltration attempts.” Field commanders from India and Pakistan will meet to discuss and defuse the situation.

If it were a simple matter of discussion, why didn’t the commanders install a “red phone” and address the problems live while in progress. This isn’t a game between nuclear powers. After all, Putin and Obama have a red phone connection do they not?

The specific flashpoint has historically been at Jammu and Kashmir.

India and Pakistan were once one nation. Why did Pakistan split away? The answer is that it was the Muslim league that pushed for the split. Why? It is because Islam in it two primary sects is non-pluralistic and unaccommodating of other beliefs. That split divides Muslims from the democratic and pluralistic free world.

Cultural pluralism is when large and small groups within a larger society maintain their unique cultural identities. When governed by a democratic republic that subscribes to Constitutional values akin to the US, for instance, there can be freedom of belief with the caveat that it cannot discriminate against others on any basis. All must be considered equal under the law. Until and unless Muslims subscribe to that caveat, they cannot be integrated into the free world. There will be splits.

The split at the border between Pakistan and India is representative of this type of split. It is at the heart of the battle in the Middle East between the free world and Islam.

“UN chief asks for peaceful dialogue between India and Pakistan

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon asked India and Pakistan to resolve their issues peacefully and through dialogue on Tuesday, after continued ceasefire violations along their shared border, and the recent cancellation of foreign-secretary-level talks between the two countries (IBNLive,Indian Express, The Hindu). In August alone, Pakistan has violated the ceasefire agreement 23 times, and there have been 90 infiltration attempts into India this year. The Director General of Military Operations (DGMO) of both India and Pakistan met on Tuesday to discuss the repeated ceasefire violations along the border and decided that field commanders will hold regular flag meetings to defuse the situation.”

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