WEB DESK: Given Indian Prime Minister Modi’s antics-laden approach to regional issues it is no big surprise that India would not attend the Saarc Summit scheduled to be held in Islamabad in November.
The big surprise however is the pretext that “increasing cross-border terrorist attacks in the region and growing interference in internal affairs of member states by one country have created an environment that is not conducive to the successful holding of the 19th Saarc summit in Islamabad”.
The pot is calling the kettle black. It is India that wants to treat its neighbours as its satellites and some have fallen into the line. Others who do not are dispatched the likes of Kulbhushan Yadhav. Pakistan has indeed called the Indian decision “unfortunate”. It also reiterated its commitment towards greater peace and prosperity in the region. But it did remind the world that “confessions of Kulbhushan Yadhav, an official of Indian intelligence agency RAW, is a living proof (of India’s terrorism in Pakistan), beside many other evidences”.
As per rules of the Saarc, the summit cannot take place unless it is attended by all the member states and therefore it will be called off. Continuing with its antics the Modi government announced that it had launched surgical strikes in Azad Kashmir where according to the Indians, preparations were afoot for an activity in the Indian-held territory. The ISPR was quick to debunk this false propaganda of surgical strikes two kilometers inside Azad Kashmir. One is not surprised if Bhutan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan have decided to toe Narendra Modi’s line.
That India “remains steadfast in its commitment to regional cooperation, connectivity contacts,” but will not attend the Saarc Summit in Islamabad for its bilateral differences with the host country – what a joke, but certainly not given Prime Minister Modi’s antics. The point is that if a regional organisation can be blackmailed or hijacked by one of the member-states then certainly it does warrant a review about its tenability as an organisation tasked to strengthen cooperation and connectivity between its members.
Ideally, the Indian prime minister should have announced that he would attend the Saarc Summit in Islamabad and raise his pet subject of so-called cross-border terrorism. But how could he when India is guilty of fomenting terrorism in Balochistan, as it admittedly did in the then East Pakistan. Isn’t Brahamdagh Bugti a present-day transformation of Mukti Bahini of yesteryears? Foreign Secretary Aizaz Ahmed Chaudhry is spot on when he says that India is taking “aggressive decisions and this would isolate it.”
The rulers in New Delhi are grossly mistaken if they believe that such a posturing would deflect the world attention from the killing fields in Occupied Kashmir. It is India that took the Kashmir issue to the United Nations and it is India that has constitutionally admitted separate, semi-independent status of the state of Jammu and Kashmir.
Source: Business Recorder