In­dia blows hot and cold on Pathankot

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PIn­dia ATHANKOT in­ci­dent de­railed peace process be­tween Pak­istan and

with a par­tic­u­lar mind­set ac­cus­ing Is­lam­abad of spon­sor­ing ter­ror­ism but the bal­loon has been punc­tured by In­dia’s Di­rec­tor-Gen­eral of the Na­tional In­ves­ti­ga­tion Agency (NIA) Sharad Ku­mar who pub­licly stated on Thurs­day that there was no ev­i­dence to in­di­cate di­rect com­plic­ity of Pak­istan Govern­ment or its agen­cies in the Pathankot at­tack. The com­ments, which come af­ter months of in­ves­ti­ga­tions, are im­por­tant in the back­drop of un­sub­stan­ti­ated pro­pa­ganda cam­paign un­leashed by New Delhi to ma­lign Pak­istan on the is­sue of ter­ror­ism.

The world knows Pak­istan it­self is a vic­tim of ter­ror­ism and it has launched an all-en­com­pass­ing op­er­a­tion to elim­i­nate the men­ace once for all. How­ever, it is re­gret­table that in­stead of ex­tend­ing co­op­er­a­tion for what they claim to be a shared ob­jec­tive both In­dia and Afghanistan are in­dulging in rhetoric. As for In­dia, it has a his­tory of blow­ing hot and cold on the is­sue of ter­ror­ism and is in the habit of putting blame on Pak­istan of ev­ery­thing wrong hap­pen­ing on In­dian soil. It be­haved in the same man­ner af­ter at­tack on In­dian Par­lia­ment and Mum­bai tragedy when fin­gers were di­rected to­wards Pak­istan even be­fore launch of for­mal probe but New Delhi failed to pro­vide any con­crete ev­i­dence even years af­ter these in­ci­dents. Its strat­egy seems to be to keep is­sues alive with Pak­istan to pro­vide cover up for its de­signs to avoid mean­ing­ful talks on core is­sue of Jammu and Kash­mir, which is mother of all prob­lems be­tween the two coun­tries. The latest find­ings by NIA should be eye-opener for the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity, which must put pres­sure on In­dia to shun path of con­fronta­tion and re­spond to good­will ges­tures of Pak­istan whose Prime Min­is­ter has shown re­mark­able pa­tience in the face of hos­tile In­dian at­ti­tude and still wants to pro­mote good neigh­bourly re­la­tions with that coun­try. The United States has al­ways been urg­ing Pak­istan to co­op­er­ate with In­dia but now it should have the moral courage to tell In­dia to be­have.

HUR­MAT GROUP OF PUB­LI­CA­TIONS

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