Saturday, October 8th, 2016

Pakistan continues with coercive diplomacy towards India

Narada Desk | October 8, 2016 3:13 pm Print
On Thursday, Pakistanu envoys cited the ability of Pakistan to undermine the efforts of India and US to stabilise Afghanistan, which in many ways has been destroyed by Pakistan-sponsored looting

Unfazed with serious questioning on Pakistan’s support to terror groups, failure as a nation-state and its provocative nuclear rhetoric, two Pakistani envoys held tough stance on India. The two special envoys, Kashmir Senator Mushahid Hussain Syed and Shezra Mansab, with sheer purpose of garnering support for Pakistan’s stand on Kashmir in the US, have continued to play indifferent on their age-old policy of coercive diplomacy towards India.

They earlier threatened that they would not mind joining the Russia-Iran-China axis if, the United States disagree to intervene in the Kashmir issue. On Thursday, the duo made peace in Afghanistan hostage to the resolution of the Kashmir issue but they cited the ability of Pakistan to undermine the efforts of India and US to stabilise Afghanistan, which in many ways has been destroyed by Pakistan-sponsored looting.

“The road to peace in Kabul lies in Kashmir, in the sense that when you talk of peace, you cannot compartmentalise peace, you can’t segregate a section, you can have peace in Kabul and let Kashmir burn. That is not going to happen,” Pakistan PM’s special envoy on Kashmir, Senator Mushahid Hussain Syed told a gathering at the Stimson Center, reports The Times of India.

Mansab, talking about the nuclear dimension, said, “Our core issue, this time is Kashmir and no peace can prevail in the region if this issue is not solved, and since, India and Pakistan are nuclear neighbours. We need to have peace on the issue of Kashmir.”

Pakistan’s effort for the US intervention into the matter with threats and blackmail has not made any impact on Washington DC, and if anything, it has further energised Islamabad’s crude diplomatic tactics.

“Why, when it is so hard for the US to get involved in more helpful way in Syria…why should the US listen to the argument for more involvement in Kashmir,” Stimson Center’s co-founder and longtime South Asia expert Michael Krepon asked in Times of India’s report. He added that comparatively, Kashmir is far better than most of the other conflict prone places of the world.

“We request the US to intervene, because it has leverage with India to allow negotiations to start, to end human rights violations in Kashmir, to make sure that the UN resolutions are implemented,” Pakistan’s special envoy Syed said.

The report said on Wednesday, the Pakistani envoys were severely criticised by Pakistani dissidents and separatists at another think tank event where they were told Pakistan’s own human rights record in PoK, Balochistan, Gilgit-Balochistan and even in Sindh was pathetic, and critics questioned Pakistan’s moral authority to talk of rights in Jammu and Kashmir, where the situation was far better than most of the trouble-ridden places in Pakistan.

The setback has dispirited the special envoys, who on Thursday raised the issue of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s mention about Balochistan in his Independence day speech, and warned that if India continues to do so Pakistan would “respond by talking of Khalistan, Nagaland, Tripura, Assam, Sikkim or the Maoist insurgency”.

“We do not want to do that because that is interference in the internal affairs of a neighbouring country. You are changing the rules of the game. It becomes tit for tat,” Syed said.

Syed had no proper reply when asked why Pakistan has not acted against terrorist groups other than “give us more evidence” though, he claimed that Pakistan is willing to “do anything” India asks to build confidence in order to bring back negotiations on track.