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Published:  12:34 AM, 08 February 2019

Pakistan attempts to internationalize Kashmir falls flat

Pakistan attempts to internationalize Kashmir falls flat Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Quereshi

In the last well over seventy years of its inglorious existence, Pakistan has never excelled in international diplomacy and invariably drew flak in the eyes of the international fraternity, possibly due to lack of finesse, indiscretion, poor articulation and below par presentations. The trend continues and History is testimony to all its abject failures in projecting Pakistan in a proper perspective.

Not learning from history lessons, the perceived failed and deep state, remaining mostly under autocratic regimes, has gone prominently regressive refusing to mature to a seasoned state to meet international challenges.

Without making much of the prefaces on the matter under reference, it would not be impertinent to mention that the recent utterances by Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Quereshi in an apparent bid to internationalize the Kashmir issue evaporated in thin air like camphor as soon as the talkative FM went overboard in embarking on indiscreet and repeated phone calls made to the Srinagar based Kashmiri Hurriyat separatist leaders including to Syed Ali Shah Geelani and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq in the most recent past .

Idea was to collect data seeking first hand information from the elements loyal to Pakistan about the alleged human rights violations in Kashmir. The design was obvious to highlight the obtained information on Feb 4-5 marking Kashmir Solidarity day, thought to be observed at the House of Commons, London.

Quereshi, bereft of any suave mannerisms, unbecoming of a Foreign Minister, was all gung ho, possibly with the diktats of his olive attired friends, ensconced in the cantonments, to stay alive in Pakistani mainstream. He is said to be in London to be present at the much publicised and hyped meet.

Sadly for the minister, the British didn't accord any importance on his visit, ignored him completely and even went to the extent of effectively ensuring that he didn't get a chance to meet the Foreign Secretary, Jeremy Hunt. Nothing could be more insulting and humiliating than this snub to a minister of a republic.

Further, reliable sources confirm that the UK has stood by its consistent commitment that Kashmir issue, if any, remains unchanged and to be resolved bilaterally by India and Pakistan.

This development also signifies triumph of matured and subtle diplomatic offensive that India commenced targeting the Foreign Minister and his unsavoury and undiplomatic moves in impinging into the internal affairs of a sovereign country like India with a gumption to talk to the separatists. Indian Foreign Secretary, led from the front undertaking protests as soon as the Pak FM committed the faux pas without realising the negative fallout of his and his country's tactless moves.

It may not be impertinent to point out that in Pakistan itself, the PoK and Baluchistan is witnessing large scale human rights violations, terror violence and ceaseless excesses. Instead of dragging Kashmir to internationalize, Quereshi is well advised to put his own house in order before he targets a fully grown sovereign country like India. The London lesson of yesterday should perhaps be the first chapter.

Equally, it would perhaps be appropriate to share a famous Bollywood film dialogue of 'Waqt' (1965) "Chunai Seth, jinke ghur khud sheeshe k hote hain, woh doosro k ghur pathar nahi marte" (those living in glass houses, do not hurl stones at others).


The writer is a security analyst
and columnist

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