Jammu, September 03: As per reports based on the inputs from former Pakistani envoy to the US, Husain Haqqani that U.S has pulled back its support to Pakistan on Kashmir Issue because it has now become an emotive issue in Pakistan. After the United States of America has drawn back the support, Pakistan no longer enjoys international support and it is unlikely to get an approval for a referendum in the region from the UN Security Council.
Husain Haqqani, who is presently working as the Director of South and Central Asia at a US-think tank, Hudson Institute said that Pak has enjoyed international support on Kashmir issue for the longest time with a stand to resolve it through dialogue with India and a plebiscite among the Kashmiri people. He said apart from keeping calm on Kashmir Issue to normalize relations and expanding trade and cross-border travel among India and Pakistan, Pakistani hardliners have stuck to a ‘Kashmir-first’ mantra, which they know is unrealistic. This has become the cause of drawback of International Support. He also claimed that “what most Pakistanis do not know is that the last United Nations Security Council resolution on Kashmir was passed in 1957 and Pakistan could not win support for a referendum in Kashmir today if it asked for a new vote at the United Nations”.
India, on the other hand, wants to have a dialogue on the dispute but not without Pakistan’s putting an end to its sponsored terror. Haqqani has asserted that “Pakistan will go nowhere with all this bluster on Kashmir but the hardliners think they need to do it any way to maintain support from Islamists and the military at home” and suggested that “hardliners in an increasingly self-confident India play on Indians’ frustration with Pakistani state support for jihadis, such as those responsible for terrorist attacks in Mumbai in 2008″.
After Haqqani putting things in perspective, it is time India put pressure on the international community to further isolate Pakistan. India should fight its case on Jammu & Kashmir. And for the reason that India’s case on Jammu & Kashmir is very strong, it has everything to gain. Even the UN resolutions endorse the Indian stand on the state.
The US ruled out any role for itself in the revival of Indo-Pak dialogue by saying that it is for India and Pakistan to reduce tensions between them and decide on their relationship.”We certainly want to see reduction in tensions between India and Pakistan. But that is really a matter between these two countries and it is for them to decide”, said State Department Spokesman Mark Toner. This report by Hussain Haqqani further defends the Indian stand that Jammu & Kashmir is a bilateral issue between Indian and Pakistan, not trilateral. What India needs to tell the internal community in clear terms is that PoJK and Gilgit-Baltistan are legitimately Indian and that it must put pressure on Pakistan so that these areas are reintegrated with India.
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