India Orders Army Back From Forward Bases

India is like­ly to dras­ti­cal­ly reduce the num­ber of troops from wartime posi­tions on the bor­der with Pak­istan where they were deployed imme­di­ate­ly after the Mum­bai Attacks.

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India and Pak­istan have reached an under­stand­ing to with­draw troops from for­ward bases dur­ing Pres­i­dent Asif Ali Zardari’s vis­it to New Del­hi on April 8. The with­draw­al of the army to peace­time posi­tions is one of the many ini­tia­tives tak­en by both sides to reduce ten­sions and talk for­ward the bilat­er­al process and give peace a chance.

A for­mal announce­ment about the with­draw­al is like­ly when the Indi­an Prime Min­is­ter vis­its Islam­abad, pos­si­bly dur­ing the lat­ter half of this year.

The Indi­an govt. had mobilised thou­sands of troops to for­ward posi­tions imme­di­ate­ly after the Mum­bai Attacks where rela­tions between the two nuclear armed neigh­bours had gone for a dive.

In a wartime sce­nario, the reg­u­lar army starts man­ning the bor­der instead of spe­cial forces meant for pro­tect­ing bound­aries. India has the Bor­der Secu­ri­ty Force and Pak­istan has Rangers for this pur­pose.

The move will help Pak­istan deploy more troops in the north­ern region where the Pak­istani Army is fight­ing Islam­ic ter­ror­ist organ­i­sa­tions and the Tal­iban. There is immense inter­na­tion­al pres­sure on Pak­istan to fight and exter­mi­nate the men­ace of ter­ror­ist from it’s soil.

Pak­istan is also in favour of de-mil­i­taris­ing the world’s high­est bat­tle field, the Siachen glac­i­er & Sir Creek where recent­ly 139 Pak­istani sol­diers died due to an avalanche. India how­ev­er main­tains that Pak­istan should agree to cur­rent stand­ing posi­tions and move back with a sol­id demar­ca­tion.

India and Pak­istan spend thou­sand of crores every year to main­tain troops on the world’s high­est bat­tle field. India with a boom­ing econ­o­my has no prob­lem in main­tain­ing troops at Siachen but Pakistan’s bleed­ing econ­o­my is in no shape to sus­tain the con­stant expen­di­ture.

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