USA and Pakistan urge India to resolve Kashmir issue through dialogue!
-Dr. Abdul Ruff
India possibly is eager to resolve the Kashmir issue not by dialog but by a devastating nuclear war so that entire region is destroyed. Knowing the Indian arrogant mindset, Pakistan has also used its rare resources to ensure a credible counter defense mechanism by opting for nuclear weapons, making South Asia a deadly flash point. Indo-Pakistani tensions are fueled by global arms merchants, especially American and Israeli that are thriving today on sale of terror goods to third world fighting each other at times without any reason. .
Armed with huge arms arsenals, including nukes, bought from every possible region, India has already murdered over 100,000 Kashmiri Muslims since it considers its prerogative to deal with those sections of Kashmir population that still refuse to accept Indian occupational tactics. Yet, Kashmiris could not be silenced by military brutalities. They seek complete sovereignty. India thinks since Pakistan also has been occupying a part of Kashmir as Azad Kashmir and it does not talk about its own plan for an independent Kashmir, it also will not have to vacate Kashmir at all.
Earlier, USA had supported the Kashmiri c corporates closer to India by huge investments in USA, but later with Indian diplomatic tactics, bringing American corporates closer to Indian cause through huge investments in USA and purchases of US-Israeli terror goods, Washington began taking a neutral position.
Recently, a US-Pakistan joint statement, issued a day after the two countries concluded their sixth Strategic Dialogue, emphasized on the need for peaceful resolution of the Kashmir issue and called on “all parties” in the region to act with “maximum restraint” for reducing tensions. The USA and Pakistan emphasized the importance of meaningful dialogue in support of peaceful resolution of outstanding issues, including Kashmir. The dialogue was co-chaired by US Secretary of State John Kerry and his Pakistani counterpart Sartaj Aziz.
The delegations underscored that all parties in the region should continuously act with maximum restraint and work collaboratively toward reducing tensions,” the joint statement said. Noting the steps taken by Pakistan to date, including the detention of Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) leader Maulana Masood Azhar, the USA says it appreciated PM Sharif’s stated commitment to take prompt and decisive action on this investigation and to bring the perpetrators of the January 2, 2016 attack on the Pathankot air base to justice,” it said.
The USA also lauded Pakistan’s “proactive engagement” with the international community, including through its hosting of IAEA training activities at its Nuclear Security Centre of Excellence and its active participation in the Nuclear Security Summits, it said. The USA looked forward to Sharif’s participation in the 2016 Nuclear Security Summit and appreciated Pakistan’s commitment, in principle, to ratify the 2005 Amendment to the Convention on the Physical Protection of Nuclear Material.
According to the joint statement, Pakistan affirmed that it remains committed to pursuing measures aimed at building confidence and lessening the risk of armed conflict. Both sides recognized the shared interest in strategic stability in South Asia and in pursuing increased transparency. The two sides look forward to the upcoming Security, Strategic Stability, and Nonproliferation (SSS&NP) working group meeting in May 2016.
During the strategic dialogue, both countries reaffirmed their commitment to countering terrorism including by targeting all terrorists without discrimination.
Aziz affirmed Pakistan’s resolve to take effective action against UN-designated terrorist individuals and entities, including al-Qaida, the Haqqani Network, and Lashkar-e-Tayyiba and its affiliates, as per its international commitments and obligations under United Nations Security Council resolutions and the Financial Action Task Force. The two countries committed to continue promoting peace, stability, and transparency in the region and to eliminate the threats posed by violent extremism and terrorism.
However, that there was no direct mention of India in the entire joint statement, in which the US acknowledged Pakistan’s ongoing efforts to harmonize its strategic trade controls with those of the multilateral export control regimes only makes the statement vague.
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Meanwhile, Indian sources say that Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif may meet his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi in Washington later this month on the sidelines of the Nuclear Security Summit, a top aide to Pakistan Premier said on Tuesday but did not mention about Kashmir issue. “There are chances of meeting between the two (prime ministers),” Sartaj Aziz, the Foreign Affairs Advisor to Sharif, told PTI. “There are possibilities, when they are here (in Washington DC). They would interact with each other. Whether there would be a structured meeting I do not know. Depends on…Chances are there for a meeting,” Aziz said.
The top Pakistani diplomat is in Washington to attend the sixth US-Pakistan Strategic Dialogue which he co-chaired with Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday.
Responding to a question on the status of India-Pak relationship after Modi came to power in May 2014, Aziz said in the first year the situation was “not good”.
“But the last two months are better,” Aziz said. The ruling Hindutva BJP has domestic compulsions not to be seen as a ‘friend of Pakistan’ that would be detrimental to RSS interests.
Aziz said Sharif would be travelling to Washington to attend the Nuclear Security Summit at the invitation of US President Barack Obama. Modi too has been invited to the Summit on 31 March and 1 April. No official announcement has been made yet. Ahead of the Modi-Sharif meeting, Aziz said there is likelihood of a meeting between the foreign secretaries of the two countries. The timing of which has not been decided yet, he noted. “We do not know when foreign secretaries would meet. Indian Foreign Secretary has to come to Islamabad first. We are hoping that now,” Aziz said after the breakfast meeting with Defence Writers Group in Washington.
Meanwhile, Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif said Pakistan said his country wants to have good ties with all neighbours, including India, and asserted that mutual cooperation was vital for the socio-economic uplift of both the countries. Sharif made the remarks during a meeting with India’s newly appointed High Commissioner in Pakistan Gautam Bambawale who called on him at the PM House in Islamabad.
An official source said that the two discussed various aspects of Pakistan-India relations and also agreed on the importance of improving the relations. Sharif said Pakistan is was pursuing good relations with all its neighbours including India as mutual cooperation was vital for the socio-economic uplift of both the countries,” was quoted as saying by the state-run APP news agency. Sharif also extended a very warm welcome to the new High Commissioner Bambawale and hoped that he will work to bring the two countries closer. He has worked in Germany, US and China. In 2007, he became the first Consul General of India in Guangzhou, China. Bambawale thanked the Prime Minister for warm welcome and expressed the hope that his role will be beneficial in strengthening relations between the two nations.
India has told Pakistan, including at the highest level, to uphold the sanctity of the Line of Control and abide by the ceasefire commitment of 2003 along the International Border and LoC. Minister of State for Home, Haribhai Parathibhai Chaudhary said ceasefire violation is taken up with Pakistani authorities through the established mechanism of hotlines, flag meetings as well as talks between the Directorate Generals of Military Operations.
Chaudhary said there were 121 infiltration attempts along the border in India occupied Jammu Kashmir in 2015 of which 33 were successful. However, 46 terrorists were killed by security forces. He said in 2014, there were 222 ” infiltration” attempts in the state of which 65 were successful. A total of 52 “terrorists” were killed by the security forces that year. The minister noted that 208 terror incidents took place in the Valley in 2015 in which only 17 Kashmiri civilians (Muslims) were killed. There were 222 terrorist incidents in J-K in 2014 in which 47 security personnel and 28 civilians were killed, he added.
In an effort to totally conquer nature and militarize it, India also occupies the Siachen glaciers of Kashmir. India declared it will not vacate the Siachen glaciers come what may as Pakistan cannot be trusted and it may occupy the strategic location once it is vacated, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar said today. India occupies the highest point in Siachen glaciers, the Saltoro Ridge which is located at 23,000 feet, he said. “If we vacate the position, the Pakistan enemy can occupy the position and they would have the strategic advantage. We know the experience of 1984 (Siachen conflict). “The position is very important from the strategic point. I don’t think anyone in this House can take Pakistan’s words for granted,” Parrikar said during Question Hour. The statement comes few weeks after ten soldiers were buried alive under snow after their camp in the northern part of the Siachen glacier was hit by a major avalanche on February 3.
Whenever Kashmiris, separated by the artificial LOC maintained by Indian military, come to meet their relatives in Kashmir, India calls them “terrorists” and ”infiltrations” and kills them. Kashmiris want the LOC removed so that they can live together. Occupation of nature at Siachen glaciers is not good for India.
Unless the USA makes India realize the impending nuclear dangers to the region as well entire world by occupation of Kashmir, there is no way India would ever free the Kashmiri nation. Of course meanwhile bilateral and multilateral dialogs on sovereignty for Kashmiris should continue.