Nawaz Sharif invites Hurriyat leader Geelani to sign fresh ‘contract’ for moral support on Kashmir… India, relax!

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The relevance of Pakistan hinges on the continuance of hostility with India. The world knows of Pakistan not for its contribution to medicine and sciences, inventions and discoveries, literature and world peace, sports and social service… but for its tendency to rake up controversies, for its LoC violations, for harboring terrorists on its territory, and facilitating attacks on India.

Syed Ali Shah Geelani adressing a press conference in Srinagar on 18-Oct-2012. Express archive photo

Pakistan’s latest act of defying India’s long-standing policy on Kashmir, which is to keep divisive forces like the Hurriyat Conference away from the bilateral talks on Kashmir, reflects its confrontational attitude, but is completely in line with its philosophy on its neighbour. So why all the hue and cry?

While on one hand Pakistan says it wants to engage in dialogue with India to resolve the issue of Kashmir, it acts in complete contravention on the other hand! Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s invitation to the Hurriyat leader, Syed Ali Shah Geelani, through the Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi, is nothing but an attempt to further stoke the fire of hostility. In his letter, handed over to Geelani’s representatives by high commissioner Abdul Basit, PM Sharif speaks the language of Pakistan army’s chief. It reinstates Pakistan’s complete support to the Kashmiris. The underlying message is to keep Kashmir boiling.

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This not the first instance of Pakistan’s engagement with the Hurriyat leaders. In 2014, India had to call off the talks after Pakistan envoy spoke with the Hurriyat. There have been many more. The continued talks with the divisive forces, despite India’s strong reservation, could be a reflection of its mindset: Keep the flame burning in the Kashmir Valley. Keep peace a distant dream. Engage in proxy war through Hurriyat and the likes….

Pakistan has always tried to equate India’s supposed interference into the affairs of Baluchistan with its own in Kashmir, but it’s an argument that has been debunked by the international community, the comparison is unreasonable.

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India, and the entire world, sympathises with the demoralised Baloch leaders, while Pakistan patronizes and instigates Kashmiri separatists. India has never demanded resolution of the Baloch issue as a precondition for any dialogue between the two countries. India has neither interfered, nor is involved in waging a war against Pakistan and spreading violence, as Pakistan is doing in Kashmir.

Pakistan has proven to be a religiously fanatic country, with wanted international criminals like Hafeez Saeed and Lakhvi enjoying State patronage.

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The ploy is very clear. By inviting Geelani, and not Hurriyat chairman Mirwaiz Omar Farooq, Pakistan has inadvertently exposed its hidden intentions of seeking to sabotage bilateral talks. Geelani is a recognized Pakistani mole, while Mirwaiz is considered to be a sensible and a fair leader, open to talks with New Delhi.

Nothing is hidden anymore, yet, Pakistan continues to act as if no one’s watching. The political and the army establishment should wake up and realise before it’s too late.

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