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Wage a ‘war against war’

Tariq Khalique

If they want peace, nations should avoid the pin-pricks that precede cannon shots. (Napoleon Bonaparte, French statesman and military leader)

Pakistan and India have fought three wars and remained engaged in several other skirmishes since inception, which proved devastating for both the countries, not only in terms of human lives, but also economically.

Once again, the two neighbours are on the brink of war, which sparks global alarm and various countries, including US, Britain, China and Russia have asked both the nuclear-armed countries to show restraint.





War is not a game, and at a time when the entire world is making efforts for peace, war mongering by India or Pakistan will be dreadful. Both the countries are denying escalation of conflict, but to ensure peace, the political leadership of the two countries should initiate negotiations on all the lingering issues at the earliest.

No doubt, Kashmir is the root cause of all conflicts between Pakistan and India, and both claim it to be integral part of their countries, but they should realise the sufferings of the Kashmiris and resolve the issue through dialogue, once and for all.

Historically, wars have never served the purpose; rather they devastated the countries engaged in such activities. The world is facing no other major challenge than war because these lead to poverty, inequality, hunger, pollution, and oppression.

Pakistan and India are already facing innumerable problems and going to war will ultimately give rise to poverty, hunger, homelessness, etc. Besides, war will also drain precious resources and finances, subverts democracy, and gives strength to tyranny and fanaticism.

Never think that war, no matter how necessary, nor how justified, is not a crime. (Ernest Hemingway, American journalist, novelist, and short-story writer)





The biggest challenge we face today is transition from a war hysteric world to a peaceful globe, where there is no war or even no threat of war. It is time the global fraternity should make efforts to eradicate war and realise the genuine problems of their people and resolve them.

Wars only kill thousands of people, destroy economies of the affected countries, and create unmatchable problems for not only the governments, but also for the citizens. Post-war effects can be both short- and long-term. The sufferings of war for soldiers and their families differ from that of civilians. The widespread trauma caused by such atrocities and sufferings of the civilian population is a legacy of these conflicts and creates extensive emotional and psychological disorders.

Another factor, which is adding fuel to the fire, is the presence of religious fanatics on both sides of the border. These extremists are hatching conspiracies by spreading negative propaganda.

For over half a century, Pakistan and India remain mired in a vicious cycle of poverty, deprivation, unemployment and underdevelopment, which provided a fertile ground for intolerance and extremism. Such situation, in turn, promotes conflicts and violence. The region’s vulnerabilities enhance by political, economic and social instabilities, as well as an increasingly fragile security environment.

Armed conflicts always have negative consequences on infrastructure, provision of public health, and social order. These consequences are often overlooked.

Every sane person across the world calls for peace, and if we all join together in efforts to end wars, we will surely get the desired results. Keeping in mind the devastation of wars across the world, Pakistan and India should wage a “war against war”.

War may sometimes be a necessary evil. But no matter how necessary, it is always an evil, never a good. We will not learn how to live together in peace by killing each other’s children. (Jimmy Carter, 39th American president and philanthropist).

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