Begging your Pardon Mr. Obama: Kashmir..Ring any Bells?
U- Turn on Kasmir
I am one of the billions of people on this planet who cheered with Joy when America elected you as the President of United States. Your victory speech and the speech at oath taking ceremony brought tears of joy and emotions. I would like to draw your attention to few things you said in the past if I may.
You talked about the issue of Kashmir during your election and also soon after assuming office but then suddenly you took a U turn and now don’t even want to mention a word about it? Why is that Mr. Obama. Stretigic interests hold more value than the human rights?
Kashmir, said Barack Obama just a few days before his presidential election victory, is "obviously a potential tar pit diplomatically".
Few could argue with that. Those outsiders who have sought to broker a deal in Kashmir, one of the world's longest running conflicts, have got themselves into a fix.
They have not solved the dispute; they have managed to embroil themselves in some very sour diplomatic rows.
For six decades, the Kashmir dispute between India and Pakistan has defied attempts at resolution. One of the United Nations' oldest military contingents is stationed there - it has also been one of the most ineffective. Just suggesting outside mediation is usually enough to provoke an angry response from the Indian government.
It doesn’t suit you to talk about Kashmir?
It doesn’t suit you to compromise over a billion people market of India?
It doesn’t suit you to annoy India whichyou are grooming to take on China?
Or you don’t give a toss about fairness and justice if there is no perceived short or long term strategic benefit.
Holbrooke the Arm twister
you have assigned Holbrooke for the region who is demanding Pakistan to accept Indian role in Afghanistan yet refuses to acknowledge the problem of Kashmir he is showing a the typical American official attitude of not born to listen. Is that not diplomatic hypocrisy to a lowest possible level? Then he flies to India and discusses Pakistan and Afghanistan as if talking about recession or global warming. Generally speaking, it is against the diplomatic norms and principles to talk about someone else with a third party but these norms don’t apply to you do they? (That someone happen to be two sovereign countries).
While in Pakistan Holbrooke arrogantly snubbed the questions of Pakistani media. But his attitude changed to graciousness while in India where in his opening sentences to Indian Media he expressed his honor to be in India and then offered to answer as many questions they wanted. This was his way of getting back at Pakistan when Pakistan refused the US offer of joint operations and showed its annoyance over American constant slandering of Pakistani security forces.
A New Phrase Af-Pak (no thak you)
If that’s not enough the administration has cooked up a new word Af-Pak, describing two countries in one breath (two independent and sovereign countries) and promoting Indian influence in terror conflict resolution. To any outsider who is not aware of the politics and history of the region this proposal will look very well intended and innocent attempt for peace but sadly its not the case. India is actively busy in instigating the trouble in Balochistan and tribal areas.
The change in terminology being used for Pakistan and particularly the choice of the Af-Pak phrase, clubbing Pakistan and Afghanistan together, manifested the US thinking, which considered Pakistan as part of the problem.
Basit says there is no comparison between Afghanistan and Pakistan and the two needed to be looked at separately for a tenable solution. These developments were completely unacceptable to the military establishment in Pakistan, which then convinced the government to stand up to it although President Zardari and Prime Minister Gilani were the first ones to have welcomed the new Obama strategy. Islamabad was of the view that the shift in the US foreign policy towards Pakistan was demoralizing and promoted distrust.
‘The American tilt towards India despite knowing Pakistan’s concerns about it and having evidence of Indian role in promoting instability in different parts of Pakistan was not in good taste,’ a source said.
The matter was taken up in the meetings with US Special Envoy Ambassador Richard Holbrooke and Chairman US Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Mike Mullen during their visit to Islamabad last week, where they were categorically asked about what they had done for curbing the Indian destabilizing role in Pakistan.
Day dream Alas
A better way would have been to force India to stop its subversive activities against Pakistan and mediate in the Kashmir resolution. Pakistan's involvement in Kashmir is a distant history now and Indian atrocities in Kashmir continue but strategic interests dictate that talking about Kashmir would be a wrong move.
But it appears that your country enjoys the military confrontations since the Korean wars in 1950 your country has been constantly at war to date feeding the US arms industry. Maybe peace doesn’t suit the country there always has to be a fight of good and evil.
Alas Mr. Obama your words were a hope for millions of people but it appears that you also bowed down to the “strategic interests” disregarding what you said in you speeches.