Tuesday, December 15, 2015
India wants talk on terror sponsored by Pak from across the boarder in J & K
Nation favours talk, but its focus must only be on terrorism sponsored by Pak from across the border in Jammu and Kashmir. It is good that talk between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif in Paris on the sidelines of Climate Summit yielded fruit. It resulted in the meeting between NSA Ajit Doval and his Pakistani counterpart Nasser Khan Janjua in Bangkok in Thailand. Indian Foreign Secretary Jaishankar and his Pakistani counterpart also met in Bangkok. The talks between two NSAs were on terrorism and they turned out to be fruitful. It is because of the successful talk between the two NSAs that paved the way for foreign minister Sushma Swaraj’s visit to Pakistan to participate in the Heart of Asia conference on Afghanistan. India’s participation was to be there because it was on Afghanistan, which has significance for the country in various ways. India’s interest is also involved in Afghanistan. During her visit, she met her Pakistani counterpart Sartaj Aziz and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in Pakistan. Sushama Swaraj stated in Parliament that Pakistan gave assurance to expedite Mumbai attack of 26/11 trial. She said that both sides agreed to hold comprehensive talks. She also said that both sides asked their respective foreign Secretary to fix schedules and modalities of the talks. It is a good beginning and there is consensus on the issue of talks with Pakistan in the country. But it is also taken into account that Pak never delivered on its promises and the position reached to square one after every talk between the two neighbours. It is also to be taken into consideration that there has been no change in policy of Pakistan in regard to separatist Hurriyat Conference of Jammu and Kashmir. It is due to meeting between Pak High Commissioner Abdul Bast and separatist Hurriyat represantives in Delhi in the recent past that NSA level talks had to be cancelled. It shows that Pakistan did not learn any lesson nor did it have any affinity with the separatist groups, and again Abdul Basit invited separatist leader Sayyad Ali Shah Geelani, who advocates merger of Jammu and Kashmir with Pakistan, for talks and briefed his representative on Sushma Swaraj’s talk with Pak Foreign Minister Sartaj Aziz and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in Pakistan. Now, the question here arises when it a well-acknowledged fact that Jammu and Kashmir is the integral part of India and it will remain so, what necessity does Pak feel to talk to separatist and secessionist forces of the state. It shows that Pak conscience is not clear in regard to J & K. It is one side of the story and the other side is that on one hand Pak appears to be interested in carrying forward talks on terror with India and Mumbai attack mastermind Hafiz continued to spew venom against India on the other. He publicly makes it clear that India could not prove guilt against him in the last 7 years and Insallah it can not do. Though Hafiz Sayeed’s speech is not allowed to be telecast by Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Act (PERMA), he uploaded a two-minute video on the Twitter handle of Sushma Swaraj. Pak needs to act against Hafiz Sayeed immediately as a part of positive signal. India has only to talk with Pakistan primarily on the issue of terror in Jammu and Kashmir and elsewhere in India in the first place.