Kashmir: India To Boycott SAARC Summit In Islamabad
09 October 2016
By Dr. Abdul Ruff Colachal
The South Asian nuclear neighbors India and Pakistan have been at loggerheads
since their independence from Great Britain in 1947. Upon obtaining freedom
and sovereignty, both India and Pakistan did not waste time in invading and
dividing a sovereign Jammu Kashmir which lay a sandwich between them. Both
conducted 3 deadly wars over the status of alien Kashmir valley.
London queen supported the dismembering
action of Kashmir in UN. UK, former ruler of India, Pakistan and Kashmir,
seems to support both India and Pakistan over Kashmir issue, fueling tensions
in the region. India and Pakistan would not have annexed Jammu Kashmir had UK
And both want
Kashmir lands to decorate their own territories and in the process over
100,000 Kashmiris (mostly Muslims) lost their lives as Indian forces
mercilessly have run over them with guns and traps. India even bought Israeli
guns for the genocide purposes.
India does not want to surrender Kashmir
to Kashmiris while Pakistan seeks to get Kashmir from India. It is because of
Kashmir India got WMD nukes with the help of UN veto remembers, followed by
Pakistan doing the same.
India and Pakistan cause tensions in the region by regular crossfire
operations essentially to terrorize the besieged Kashmiris.
One has no idea if they have some secret
understating on Kashmir as well.
One gets the impression that India is indeed angry with Pakistan for
internationalizing the Kashmir issue and refusing to accept the joint
occupational reality as such. India is annoyed that its regular complaints to
Washington against Pakistan has not worked in its favor. It appears New Delhi
wants Islamabad to cooperate with USA in declaring Pakistan a terrorist
Having failed to isolate Pakistan internationally by tactfully drawing USA to
its side of story against Kashmir , Now India aims a isolating Pakistan in the
region by taking a decision to bypass the South Asian Association for Regional
Cooperation (SAARC) meeting to be held in Islamabad.
In what is seen by New Delhi's
anti-Pakistan strategists as another snub in the series to Pakistan, Indian PM
Narendra Modi has decided not to attend the SAARC summit to be held in
Islamabad in November. Not just that; India has been pressurizing other
regional also not to attend the summit so that Pakistan stands isolated.
PM Modi feels all efforts to impress the
regional leaders during his swearing in ceremony have not made any impact on
the regional leaders or internationally. He views Pakistan being the cause of
his failure and hence the angry outburst. .
India announced that it was pulling out of the Islamabad summit after the
September 18 cross-border terror attack on an Indian Army base in Uri town of
Jammu and Kashmir that claimed the lives of 18 soldiers. The attack came amid
large-scale violence in Jammu and Kashmir that left around 90 people dead in
the wake of the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist Burhan Wani on July 8.
India said increasing cross-border terrorist attacks in the region and growing
interference in the internal affairs of Saarc member-states ''by one country''
have created an environment that was not conducive to the successful holding
of the 19th Saarc summit.
usual, India has quickly blamed Pakistan for a deadly assault on an army base
in the disputed in Jammu Kashmir's Uri town. The foreign ministry's Vikas
Swarup said India was pulling out from the SAARC summit scheduled in Islamabad
in November due to present conditions. Indian foreign ministry said it
understood that some other SAARC members were apprehensive about attending,
but it did not name them.
The decision to cancel PM Modi's visit is the latest attempt by India to try
to pressurize Pakistan diplomatically. India has said it will respond to the
Kashmir attack but experts say it is short of military options because of the
risk of escalation. Indian influence over a couple of its neighbors do work in
Following the diplomatic blitzkrieg launched by New Delhi, India calculates
that Pakistan would virtually be getting isolated in the region with
Bangladesh and Bhutan joining India in boycotting the annual Saarc Summit
scheduled to be hosted by Islamabad in November. ''The growing interference in
the internal affairs of Bangladesh by 'one country' has created an environment
which is not conducive to the successful hosting of the 19th Saarc Summit in
Islamabad,'' sources quoted Bangladesh as saying in a message to current Saarc
chair Nepal. ''Bangladesh, as the initiator of the Saarc process, remains
steadfast in its commitment to regional cooperation, connectivity and contacts
but believes that these can only go forward in a more congenial atmosphere,''
the message said.
Bangladesh has been critical of Pakistan of which had been a part of Pakistan
as East Pakistan before a nation of Bangladeshis was established with help
from India in 1974.
produces literally nothing and depends on India and other neighbors for its
substances. In its message to Nepal, Bhutan, while reaffirming its strong
commitment to the Saarc process and strengthening of regional cooperation,
noted that ''the concern of the Royal Government of Bhutan on the recent
escalation of terrorism in the region, has seriously compromised the
environment for the successful holding of the 19th SAARC Summit in Islamabad
in November 2016'', it is learned. Indian media says, the Royal Government of
Bhutan shares the concerns of some of the member countries of Saarc on the
deterioration of regional peace and security due to terrorism and joins them
in conveying our inability to participate in the Saarc Summit, under the
close economic and military ties with Pakistan, both Nepal and Srilanka are
not amenable to Indian demand to abstain from SAARC meet in Pakistan. Sri
Lanka, it was learned, has said that the event would not be possible without
Pakistan, the host of SAARC summit, has termed the Indian boycott decision as
''unfortunate''. The US has also said that it was pressurizing Pakistan to act
against ''terror'' safe havens within its borders. ''Well, I mean, clearly
we've talked about that before is, while we've seen Pakistan make progress on
some of the terrorist groups operating within its own borders and carrying out
attacks within Pakistan's borders, that we continue to put pressure on
Pakistan to respond to those groups who are, quote/unquote, 'seeking safe
haven on Pakistan's borders', that — who are intent on carrying out attacks
elsewhere in the region,'' US State Department deputy spokesperson Mark Toner
said in the daily press briefing in Washington on Tuesday.The USA is one of
the nine observer members of Saarc, the others being Australia, China, the
European Union, Iran, Japan, Mauritius, Myanmar and South Korea. Toner said:
''We want to see closer relations and a normalization of relations, frankly,
between India and Pakistan.'' ''It would be the — to the benefit of the
region. And we want to see de-escalation in the political discourse between
the two countries and greater communication and coordination between them,''
New Delhi had earlier
blamed the Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed terror outfit for the September 18
as well as the January 2 Pathankot air base attack in Punjab. However, it came
out later that attacks were ''engineered'' locally in order only to blame
Pakistan so that it does not demand Kashmir which is under Indian occupation.
Meanwhile, as a routine matter, Foreign
Secretary S. Jaishankar summoned Pakistani High Commissioner Abdul Basit and
made a demarche that proved Islamabad's links to the attack. Indian Ministry
of External Affairs spokesperson Vikas Swarup said that India has conveyed to
Nepal its decision not to attend the summit, for which Prime Minister Narendra
Modi was scheduled to go. ''India remains steadfast in its commitment to
regional cooperation, connectivity and contacts but believes that these can
only go forward in an atmosphere free of terror.
Former Pakistani president general Musharraf (born in Delhi), speaking to
Indian TV channels, questioned the rationale of just blaming Pakistan for all
terror attacks taking place in India and even in USA.
Concerned about the water dispute
between Tamil Nadu and Karnataka over river Cauvery, Modi has said that India
would revisit the 1960 Indus Waters Treaty with Pakistan that calls for
sharing of the waters of the six rivers of the Indus basin with Pakistan while
indicating that the most favored nation (MFN) trade status granted to the
neighbour in 1996 might be revoked.
Following the diplomatic blitzkrieg
launched by New Delhi, Pakistan is virtually getting isolated in the region
with Afghanistan, which gets regular funds for developmental and perhaps
anti-Pakistani operations across the border, joining India in boycotting the
annual Saarc Summit scheduled to be hosted by Islamabad in November. ''Due to
increased level of violence and fighting as a result of imposed terrorism on
Afghanistan, President of Afghanistan Mohammad Ashraf Ghani with his
responsibilities as the Commander in Chief will be fully engaged, and will not
be able to attend the summit,'' sources quoted Kabul as saying in a message to
Saarc chair Nepal.
It is not
clear as yet if Pakistan would go ahead with the SAARC summit if India does
not attend and even if USA, ignoring Indian pressure tactics, attends it as an
observer. Can USA annoy the South Asian super power India which offers money
to Americans on a regular basis to support on Kashmir issue?
Speculation is thrilling, indeed!