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Vol I Issue X

A Kashmir Bachao Andolan Publication

February 2003

I N S I D E


 

Spotlight 

Romeet K WATT

 

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Balraj Puri

 

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Sunita Vakil                          

View Point      

Romeet K WATT

 

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Romeet K Watt 

                  

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Sushil Vakil

 

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Sawraj Singh

 

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Romeet K WATT

 

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T R Jawahar

 

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Sunita Vakil 

 

                            


 

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Quid pro quo diplomacy

Sunita Vakil


Taking a vindictive stand to Indiaís decision to expel four Pakistani diplomats, Islamabad returned the complement by giving the marching orders to the same number of Indian High Commission staffers. Pakistanís retaliatory decision of expelling Indian diplomats has arrived not a day too soon. Indeed, it was not quite unexpected in the first place, judging from the past talionic signals from Pakistan.

 

The totally irresponsible action conveys the unfortunate message that Islamabad has given up even the pretences of a tattered diplomacy that had been hanging on a limb for too long. The reasons for the recent precipitate act are not too far to seek. What made the General howl was the fact that he could not stomach Indiaís previous decision of expelling Pakistan diplomats following the persistent harassment of Mr Sudhir Vyas, Indiaís charge affaires in Islamabad.

 

Viewed against the backdrop of Pakistanís vengeful behaviour, how could Mr. Musharraf stop himself from playing dirty politics and giving tit for a tat little realising that his act of retaliation would play havoc with the already delicate relations between the two neighbours? Though this is not the first time that the General has played a spoilsport to corrosion in Indo-Pak relations, there are good many reasons for Pakistan to have acted in such a manner.

 

One which quite well-known and is not entirely without any basis, is the jittery attitude of the fundamentalist elements within the country which are not exactly bursting with pleasure at the Generalís ham-handed attempts of cosying up to US in its war against terrorism - that explains the need to pursue his policy of proxy war against India in order to propitiate those very elements. Add to this the dashed hopes of a pariah state whose writ no longer runs beyond its borders and we get a clear picture of a desperate nation that been unanimously voted as a promoter of terrorism by the world powers.

 

Now that Pakistanís game has been laid bare and its policies of bleeding India through surrogate terror outlets has proved to be futile, it adds to the befuddlement of Pakistan and there are indexed reactions about the further course of action to be taken regarding India. Equally, if not more, Pakistanís unabated sponsorship of cross-border terrorism has added to Indiaís chaffing and led to further worsening of relations between the two countries.

 

It has been clearly established that the terrorist camps that have been dismantled post September 11, 2001 have been rendered functional and are alive and thriving. It means that once the passes became more accessible in summer, there is likely to be a sharp in the Pakistan-exported terror in the J&K state since the former will not abandon its clandestine agenda that easily.

 

There are clear indications that General Musharrafís days of currying favour with the US are over. So long, he had been precariously balancing himself on a tightrope on one hand he had been humouring the US with his unflinching promises of supporting their war while at the same time he was constrained to reinforce a climate of trust with his Islamic allies by making India pay with blood. In fact, he managed with great deftness a wanly limbed deity but he could not carry on the facade much longer.

 

It was not only India which cried itself hoarse about Pakistanís complicity in the global terrorism but the US also, which earlier had given the General a long rope, also became wise to his desperate gambits and has as much accused Pakistan of being the cradle of Islamic terrorism.

 

This is hard to swallow bitter truth was rejected in the forlorn statement of Pervez Musharraf when he as much admitted that after Iraq , the western world would train its guns on Pakistan. This contrasts sharply with its earlier big brother attitude ever ready to protect its ally-in-war. In substance , Pakistanís gamble of wrenching Kashmir from India has not paid off.

 

The dice has changed with an eroded support base in the Valley and an unfavourable public opinion, General Musharraf today finds himself entangled in a web of deception. which is entirely of his own creation, operating under a faked democracy with a hostile breathing down his neck, his country is in a shambles today. It is time for serious introspection on the part of India as to how can counter the threat of democracy and act with resolve to root out the menace of terrorism.

  • Author is Special Correspondent for Weekly Kashur Gazette

  • By an exclusive arrangement with Weekly Kashur Gazette, New Delhi

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