India blows hot and cold on Pathankot
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.
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