Indians Ready To Accept LoC As Permanent Border: Mishra

8 November 2009
Daily Times


Lahore: Indians are ready to accept the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir as a permanent international border, Brajesh Mishra, India’s first national security adviser, said on Sunday. In an interview with Zee News channel, Mishra said China, after the Kargil war in 1999, had clearly told Pakistan that the LoC should be respected, adding that China had maintained that the LoC issue should be resolved through bilateral dialogue. “The attitude of China has changed towards India and Beijing has taken a hostile stance against New Delhi due to the Indo-US civil nuclear pact,” he said. “In 1962, we fought a war with China, then with Pakistan, and I am afraid that we might get a bigger jolt than 1962 in the next five years,” he added. Mishra said that both Islamabad and Beijing were simultaneously striking a “hostile posture” and were trying to surround India. He said that China was trying to subdue India in South Asia, adding the Chinese had always tried to engage India in “different problems with its neighbours” so that New Delhi could never play an active role in South Asia. “I think we should equip our (Indian) forces as soon as possible, as we are not doing enough in this regard at the moment. We have two enemies, China and Pakistan, and if they work together we would have a bigger problem,” he said. “It is not that we should enhance our security apparatus to attack someone rather it is to defend ourselves,” Mishra added. daily times monitor