Pakistan makes talks with India conditional

By K N Pandita

Pakistan newspaper Dawn has reported that during his interaction with the press, Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan said that “talks with India can be resumed only if New Delhi restores Kashmir’s pre-Aug 2019 status”. He contends that holding talks without India restoring the pre-August status for J&K would tantamount to the betrayal of Kashmiris. He added that Kashmiris will infer that Pakistan is prepared to compromise with India’s action of August 5 in Kashmir.

It will be recollected that only a month or more back, Pakistan Army Commander General Bajwa while addressing the cadets had said that India and Pakistan should bury the past bitter memories and work on a new road map that would lead to the establishment of peace in the region.

Such statesmanlike utterances rarely come from the other side of the border and more especially from the Army chief. The power and role of the Pakistan army in running its sway over major policy matters, external as well as internal, is not hidden from anybody and hence there is no point in repeating it.

Political commentators have blackened reams of papers in trying to interpret and analyse what and why General Bajwa said what nobody ever expected from him to say. Whether he had taken the Prime Minister into confidence or not is somewhat immaterial because the Prime Minister usually administers the country via GHQ.

One aspect of General Bajwa carrying the cross is that he wanted to convey a subtle message to the Foreign Minister Shah Mahmud who has become very vociferous on Kashmir and has begun to do haranguing on various platforms that there is what he calls “genocide of Muslims” in Kashmir by the Indian army since 5 August 2019 when the Indian Parliament abrogated Article 370 and 35-A which allowed J&K a special status in the Indian Constitution.

General Bajwa and the think-tank in the Pak army as well as Imran Khan knows that the Foreign Minister of Pakistan is trying to bite more than what he can chew. Be it the OIC, or Pak-Turkey bilateral relations or any platform of the UN and its subsidiary bodies, Shah Mahmud has only one point agenda of bringing a charge sheet against India of perpetrating all imaginable oppression and suppression of the Indian Muslims in general and those of Kashmir in particular. Of late he has been trying to project himself as the spokesman of Indian Muslims, Kashmiri Muslims, and Palestinian Muslims saying they are under the control of non-Muslim regimes.

Quite strangely he does not include 2.5 crore Uighur Sunni Muslims in his list of oppressed Muslims around the globe. Why does he exclude them? It is so because they are under the control of the “Iron brother” against whom Shah Mahmud has no guts to raise his voice. Leave aside raising of the voice, Pakistan is among the Muslim countries who wrote a letter of appreciation to the Chinese President praising him for meting out “just and humanitarian” treatment to the Sunni Uighurs of Xinjiang. This is when the world press reported that millions of Uighurs have been removed from their native homes and enrolled in concentration camps like prisoners. There they are being brainwashed and trained in Han cultural milieu and advised to integrate with the Han culture which is the paramount culture of China.

Kashmir Reorganization Act of August 5, 2019, will be entering the third year soon. During these three years, there has not been a single demonstration at any place in the Union Territory against the Reorganization Act. Not a single bullet had to be fired and not a single lathi-charge had to be indulged in. All this shows that the people of Kashmir understood that Article 370 was a big impediment in the path of Kashmir’s freedom and at the same time, it has been made the source of recurrent disruption, strikes and lockdowns by the vested interest.

Who introduced Article 370 and 35-A in the Indian Constitution? It was the people of India through their elected representatives in the Parliament. Who abrogated these Articles? It was the people of India through their representatives in the Parliament. What is the problem of Imran Khan?

Yes, of course, the Gupkar gang has been speaking of the restoration of pre-August 2019 status. The said gang has been trying to sell their story to the world media, to the western countries, to the OIC and the Islamic bloc. It is so because they have entrenched interests in restoring the old status. The interest is that they are not prepared to give an account of the huge grants they received from the Centre under the category of developmental projects. Wherefrom have the ex-ministers been able to amass enormous wealth and raise mind-boggling properties not only in India but in the US, France, UK, Dubai etc. How come a day in and day out the ED conducts raids on the houses and palaces of these people and seizes huge monies, jewellery, priceless estates, expensive cars and a super lifestyle. Wherefrom has this windfall come? The Gupkar gang is lamenting the loss of the source of undefined monies and it does not lament the abrogation of Article 370 etc.

These people with self-aggrandizement tried to forge unity among various political groups under the patriarchy of Dr Farooq Abdullah. The balloon burst only after making the maiden midway flight and now each of the confederating group is trying to swim ashore the turbulent waters. They are loud-mouthed in talking of suppression of the rights of Kashmiris and Pakistani leadership imitates them thinking the Kashmiri separatists will appreciate. But only the other day, Mr Altaf Bukhari, the leader of the Apni Party very frankly advised the parents in Kashmir to stop their children and youngsters from joining militancy and getting killed for nothing.

Pakistan leaders are the only daydreaming. They have no courage to spell out the true ground story. The truth is that under the operation All Out, a large number of militants affiliated with various terrorist groups in Pakistan have been liquidated. The local informers have played a significant role in identifying them and tracking them down. The financial and weapon supplies to the active militants has gone down. Border crossing has been checked to a large extent. What is more depressing for Pakistan terrorist leaders are that the ceasefire is holding and their reinforcement has been cut down drastically?

Before concluding, it must be said that General Bajwa has been categorically told by his friends and well-wishers in the Pentagon that the only way of overcoming economic downslide for Pakistan is to mend fence with India, forget Kashmir and explore the huge prospect of trade and commerce with India. He has been told that the Indo-Pacific strategy is not what Pakistan and China might think something counter-move to CPEC or China’s RB programme. Indo-Pacific is the 21st-century compulsion of preserving and promoting democracy as the political arrangement of the free world.

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