“Irrational” border closure a setback to Pak India ties: Chinese analysts


KARACHI, Oct 11 (APP): India’s decision to completely seal its border with Pakistan is “irrational” and would lead to a major setback in bilateral relations, Chinese analysts said.

“India is making a very irrational decision, since no exhaustive investigation has been conducted after the Uri incident, and no evidence proves Pakistan is behind the attack,” Hu Zhiyong, a research fellow from the Institute of International Relations of the Shanghai Academy of Social

Sciences, the influential Global Times reported Tuesday.
Hu added that a “completely sealed” border would further hinder the already scarce border trade and talks between the two countries.

Echoing Hu, Wang Dehua, director of the Institute for Southern and Central Asian Studies at the Shanghai Municipal Center for International Studies, told the Global Times on Monday that the sealed border would only disrupt peace efforts made by the two sides.

“The country’s decision reflects its Cold War mentality, and would only cause deeper hatred among residents living in Indian and Pakistan controlled Kashmir,” said Hu.

Hu going further stated that since Pakistan is China’s all weather strategic partner, India’s decision would make China Pakistan India relations more complicated.

Indian Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday had said that the 3,323 kilometer long border between the two countries would be “completely” sealed by December 2018, The Hindu reported.