Pak­istan-In­dia stale­mate con­tin­ues

Pakistan Observer - - EDITORIALS & COMMENT -

Sfol­low­ing TATEMENTS that have em­anated both from Islamabad and New Delhi

meet­ing of For­eign Sec­re­taries of the two coun­tries on the side­lines of Heart of Asia meet­ing in the In­dian cap­i­tal, clearly in­di­cate that the stale­mate be­tween the two neigh­bours con­tin­ues mainly be­cause of lack­lus­tre at­ti­tude of the In­dian Gov­ern­ment. The only pos­i­tive out­come that emerged from the meet­ing was rhetor­i­cal un­der­stand­ing to keep peo­pleto-peo­ple con­tacts in­tact and con­tinue work­ing on hu­man­i­tar­ian is­sues.

It is sat­is­fy­ing that Pak­istan side adopted a con­struc­tive and prin­ci­ple po­si­tion dur­ing the lat­est in­ter­ac­tion by con­vey­ing to the other side that Islamabad wants a struc­tured, sus­tained and re­sult-ori­ented com­pre­hen­sive di­a­logue to ad­dress all the is­sue. As per ver­sion of Pak­istan For­eign Sec­re­tary Aizaz Ah­mad Chaud­hary, there was re­al­iza­tion on the part of In­dia that di­a­logue was only way for­ward to dis­cuss all the out­stand­ing is­sues but this seems to be just il­lu­sion of the top diplo­mat of Pak­istan as track record of In­dia shows it is not sin­cere in dis­cussing any is­sue in a sub­stan­tial man­ner. The core is­sue is Jammu and Kash­mir but In­dia has never demon­strated its will­ing­ness to dis­cuss it mean­ing­fully and that is why all rounds of peace talks proved un­pro­duc­tive in the past. It has been us­ing dif­fer­ent pre­texts to evade dis­cus­sions on the is­sue and dur­ing the last few years it is tak­ing refuge be­hind pro­pa­ganda cam­paign of Pak­istan spon­sor­ing ter­ror­ism de­spite the fact that ar­rest of RAW agent Kulb­hushan ex­posed real face of New Delhi be­fore the world com­mu­nity. Pak­istan has done well by rais­ing the is­sues of its con­cern dur­ing meet­ing with In­dian FS and this pol­icy must be up­held to se­cure our na­tional in­ter­ests.

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