The killing of five Indian soldiers by Pakistan army and militant groups could be engineered to derail the peace dialogue between Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his Pakistan counterpart Nawaz Sharif scheduled in September on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York.
An indication to this effect was given by Indian junior home minister RPN Singh outside Parliament on Tuesday, who said, "This is an extremely unfortunate incident. If Pakistan wants to have better relations with India, this is not the way."
In fact, peace had been set as a precondition to the talks when Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had offered to talk soon after his victory in May this year.
Foreign secretary Sujatha Singh had said recently that India would be "picking up the threads" of peace talks with the new Pakistani government only when there is no violence along the border. Singh had made it clear that any dialogue with Pakistan "presupposes an environment free of violence and terror."
Observers feel the Tuesday's incident could cast a shadow on the resumption of the Indo-Pak dialogue process which was put on hold following the killing of two
Indian soldiers during the January 8 attack by Pakistani troops in Kashmir's Poonch sector.