Saturday, April 9, 2016
Clear reflection of hostility
The arrest warrant issued by a special NIA court against JeM Chief Massod Azhar and three others in connection with terror attack on Pathankot airbase is meaningless in view of the statement issued by Pakistan High Commissioner in Delhi Abdul Basit that Pak JIT visit to India to probe it was not based on reciprocity. A special NIA court in Mohali has issued an arrest warrant against Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Maulana Masood Azhar and three others in connection with Pathankot terror attack. The three others are Masood’s brother Abdul Rauf and handlers of the terrorists who attacked the air base in Pathankot, Kashif Jan and Shahid Latif. In a statement issued after comments by Abdul Basit, External Affairs ministry has made it clear that on 26th March, 2016, before the visit of the JIT, the Indian High Commission formally conveyed to the Pakistani Foreign Ministry that the Terms of Reference are broadly agreed to with the proviso that these would be on the basis of reciprocity and followed in accordance with extant legal provisions. The govt has also rightly said that the statement of Pak High commissioner was ill timed and out of sync with the accepted terms between the two countries. In the given situation it will be naive on the part of India to believe that Pak would execute arrest warrant against its most wanted terrorist Masood Azhar. Though Pak foreign ministry downplayed Basit’s statement, it clearly reflects that Pak is no longer interested in starting any peace process with India. India’s main concern is terrorism while Pak keeps the issue of Kashmir on top of its agenda for any talk between the two countries. It is not the sudden development because of which Pakistan raises the issue of Kashmir very strongly. Since the inception of Pakistan, Jammu and Kashmir has been the bone of contention between the two countries. Pakistan has been sponsoring terrorism in J&K to disintegrate India. Jammu and Kashmir is the integral part of India and it will remain so. The result of any talk can only be possible when Pak accepts India’s position on Jammu and Kashmir. India has also legitimate claim on Pak-occupied Kashmir. It is for Pakistan to vacate it. Pak uses terror as the instrument of state policy. Its military has strong say in any decision that Pak takes in regard to India. It also gives support to notorious ISI, which manages all types of support to Pak-based terror outfits with sole intention of inflicting India as much as possible. Democratically elected govt. of Nawaz Sharif is a puppet in the hands of military and ISI. If that was not so, PM Modi’s stopover in Lahore to wish Sharif on his birthday would not have been reciprocated by terror attack on Pathankot airbase just after eight days. This is not the first time that Pak has reciprocated India’s good will gesture by inflicting wound to it. Lahore bus ride of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee was reciprocated by attack on Kargil. At that time, it was none else but Nawaz Sharif was the Prime Minister of Pakistan. So, to expect anything positive from Sharif in starting talk process with India is nothing but foolishness. Prime Minister Narendra Modi must take firm stand on issues with Pakistan. As history repeats itself, Pak can never be dependable and positive on the issue of establishing good neighbourly relations with India.