Ra­j­nath’s au­dac­ity

Pakistan Observer - - EDITORIALS & COMMENTS -

INDIAN Home Min­is­ter Ra­j­nath is in the habit of pok­ing his nose in sen­si­tive for­eign pol­icy is­sues and his lat­est out­burst about sta­tus of Kash­mir is a clas­sic ex­am­ple of his bull­shit be­hav­iour. He has churned out a state­ment claim­ing that Oc­cu­pied Kash­mir has never been an is­sue with Pak­istan and the real is­sue is that of Azad Jammu and Kash­mir.

The Indian Min­is­ter has also made highly threat­en­ing re­marks ahead of pro­posed visit of an Indian team to Pak­istan in con­nec­tion with Pathankot in­ci­dent probe. Pak­istan has of­fered ev­ery pos­si­ble co­op­er­a­tion to In­dia and a three mem­ber in­ves­ti­ga­tion team of Pak­istan vis­ited Pathankot but it was pro­vided lim­ited ac­cess to vi­tal ev­i­dence and rel­e­vant of­fi­cials and record. For­get­ting that In­dia did not pro­vide fuller ac­cess to Pak­istani team, he has stated that Islamabad would be de­ceiv­ing New Delhi if its team was not al­lowed to probe some par­tic­u­lar in­di­vid­u­als. One can eas­ily imag­ine the out­come of such a visit when Indian them­selves are pol­lut­ing the at­mos­phere for ques­tion­able mo­tives. Be­fore rais­ing ac­cus­ing fin­gers to­wards Pak­istan, Ra­j­nath must an­swer ques­tions about Indian in­ter­fer­ence in Karachi, FATA and Balochis­tan which has been con­firmed by its own agent Kulb­hushan Yadev. As about Kash­mir, some other Indian lead­ers too have been mak­ing sim­i­lar com­ments and this men­tal­ity is the big­gest hur­dle in the way of peace­ful and just res­o­lu­tion of the decades old is­sue. This shows that In­dia is not sin­cere in dis­cussing the Kash­mir is­sue mean­ing­fully and this is also ev­i­dent from a se­ries of mea­sures that Modi govern­ment has un­der­taken af­ter com­ing into power in­clud­ing plans to change de­mog­ra­phy of Oc­cu­pied Kash­mir on Is­raeli pat­tern, mak­ing it a le­gal crime to por­tray Kash­mir as dis­puted ter­ri­tory and bru­tal use of force against Kash­miris. It is be­cause of all this that Kash­miris have once again re­al­ized that In­dia has no in­ten­tion to ac­cede to their birth right of self-de­ter­mi­na­tion and that they will have to make more sac­ri­fices to re­al­ize their right.

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