THIS ia apropos of the report that India will soon erect a ‘floating fence’ anchored by submerged metallic meshes along the disputed Sir Creek border area with Pakistan.

Sir Creek is a 96km strip of water which is disputed between India and Pakistan in the Rann of Kutch marshlands.

The creek, which opens up into the Arabian Sea, divides the Kutch region of the Indian state of Gujarat with the Sindh province of Pakistan.

Reportedly, two Indian agencies, the National Buildings Construction Cooperation and the Central Public Works Department, have started ‘gabion box’ fencing the area that would have all-weather concertina wires and poles.

It is important to mention that Sir Creek is a disputed area, thus any unilateral step would infuriate the real claimant of the Creek, Pakistan.

Pakistan and India have a history of failed dialogue because of the inflexibility of Indian leadership.

India and Pakistan are continuously in talks with regard to the maritime boundary dispute in this area: thus India’s act of erecting a floating fence in Sir Creek can prove counter-productive.

It will negate the spirit of confidence-building measures and the efforts to resolve the disputes through dialogue.

AFIA AMBREEN Rawalpindi

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NORI
January 4, 2013 8:41 am
Talks failed due to inflexibility of Indian leadership ?? Check your statement again.
Robert
January 4, 2013 4:57 pm
Come up with solution, Dawn. Dont blame "inflexibility of Indian or Pakistani leadership". This kind of statement published by you does not justify your journalistic experience.
Ravi
January 4, 2013 6:58 am
The above message lacks the depth and doesn't talk about the problem. India and Pakistan arrests hundreds of fishermen every week because of lack of proper boundary. If fisher men needs to have some physical boundary, this helps.
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