Nawaz Sharif in replay mode



The time-worn Pakistani lexicon on Kashmir was at play again when Nawaz Sharif sought to draw the United States into the Kashmir dispute ahead of his meeting with President Barack Obama.

The three-time Pak Premier’s description of the imbroglio as a “nuclear flash point” was a replay of the late eighties and early nineties when Kashmir was on the boil and India on the defensive. The linking of Kashmir with nuclear capabilities of the two neighbours is also an old Islamabad ploy to seek third party intervention in the dispute hanging fire for over six decades.

The US promptly rebuffed Sharif’s proposal. So did India. External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid said the matter has to be discussed under the 1972 Shimla Pact, the essence of which is bilateralism!

Sharif’s pitch for a  third party US role in Kashmir flew in the face of his protestations against Prime Minister Manmohan Singh discussing cross border terrorism with Obama on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly.

The point the Pak leader missed or ignored was that in the ongoing global war against terror, the matter can be discussed by any two counties threatened by the menace. On the other hand, Kashmir is a purely bilateral dispute. Pakistan’s exhortations to the US would have gained force had the Indian Premier turned his back on Sharif on the margins of the UNGA. But he kept alive the bilateral track by ignoring opposition at home to talks with the Pak leader.

India has for long held that the Shimla accord superseded the UN resolutions on Kashmir. Post-1972, it even refused to deal with the 1949-vintage UN Military Observers Group on India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP) Islamabad recently wanted involved to probe violations along the Line of Control (LoC).

An Indian official felt Sharif’s call for a US role to resolve Kashmir was a riposte of sorts to Singh branding Pakistan the “epicenter of terrorism” in his talks with Obama. He is placating domestic right-wing hardliners amid his government’s efforts to set up talks with the increasingly fastidious Taliban.

It’s for the same reason that the Sharif regime, elected, among other things, on the promise of mending ties with India, is harping on the UN resolutions of the 1940s. The UN route was placed on the backburner in the Musharraf era that saw the “new borders” approach replaced by a “no borders” vision driven by confidence building measures aimed at facilitating trade and people to people contact across the LoC.

In the wake of salutary assurances of “picking the threads” from his 1999 Lahore pact with AB Vajpayee, Sharif’s afterthoughts signal an early halt to big ticket initiatives with poll-bound India. “There are issues still between him and the army over the right noises he made about us in his election campaign,” the official remarked.

From Sharif’s standpoint, buying peace with the Taliban and repairing the country’s economy, crippled as it is by terror attacks within and the lack of electricity, are of greater import. For its part, India has predicated substantive bilateral engagement on concrete action against the perpetrators of 26/11 in Mumbai. Even if he’s serious about reining in terror, it will mean opening a front he’d find difficult to contain in West Punjab in the middle of his political-military offensive on the Af-Pak border.

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  • Jack

    Request to the people of Andhra – Please do not vote for the biggest looter of all times – Jagan

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  • haranathp

    Analysis is right on dot.

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  • Sanjay K

    People supporting a thug and criminal like Jagan is very disturbing. But perhaps it’s Congress party’s doing. They used CBI like a dog to hound him. Congress never wanted to or will give autonomy to CBI if they continue in power post 2014. If only CBI was independent and had some respect and authority of it’s own then the charge sheets against Jagan would have been believable by the people of the nation. But they see all the cases against him as Congress party’s vendetta politics, even though he is thoroughly corrupt, and because of this reason he is enjoying the sympathy from people in AP especially Seemandhra . Alas, they do not know how badly they are going to be taken for a ride by this demon! Even a 2nd grader would tell you that he is probably the most corrupt man in the world today.

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  • Khan American

    Congress, TSR, YSR will sweep next elections in Andhra. BJP, TDP are finished. Their policies are too duplicitous, they are not honorable. Naidu can join BJP and it will doom both TDP and BJP. It is marriage of dishonorable people.

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  • Happy

    Jagan mohan reddy is the best leader. That is the power of people. People loves this young leader.

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  • Raju

    Now situation is very critical in andhra pradehs. There is no point to blame anyone in politics now… all are making money.. show me one person who is honest in politics can lead the party with faith and credibility ? no one…. but here you need to observe one thing… alreay Congress is lookng to make Rahul gandhi is PM and for that they need to survive in andhra pradesh surely.. Even TDP chandrababu also is in the allegations of scams in the recent past.. Everyone knows that Jagan went to jail on the decision of congress high command + CBI…. Nothing new is gng to happen with any party in lead government in andhra pradesh like Congress or TDP or YSRCP even though CPM CPI .. So why can’t we support Jagan in this time ??? give him a chance … lets see what will happen bad in the next 5 years…. whatever the bad happens.. it’s already done by Congress and TDP… my decision is .. giving a chance to Jagan is better .. atleast the projects which YSR started will be move on without fail.. and somehow ppl will survive….

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  • Prasad

    This article seems one sided and the national media is misreading the situation. People of AP already realized the nexus between Congress and YSRCP, through which Jagan suddenly got bail with CBI hurriedly in a span of 5 days giving Jagan a clean chit in 8 cases, though 10 charge sheets are already on. There is a silent majority of middle class especially in Coastal Andhra region, that is burning with anger about the corruption by Jagan and Congress at the Centre, and if Naidu plays his cards right and aligns with BJP, both Naidu and BJP can benefit tremendously by bringing the middle class to step out and vote, which they never do. Some of the gullible poor Dalits (mostly xtians) bought out by the promise of freebies – free paid-engineering-seats by govt, free power for poor, free food for poor may vote for YSRCP instead of Congress this time, but the silent majority of middle class will definitely vote for Modi and CBN.

    YSRCP has no cadre in many villages of Andhra and Rayalaseema and zero in almost all regions of Telangana. In the recently concluded Panchayat elections, YSRCP stood a poor third after TDP and Congress. People of AP are not fools, they know that even though TDP claims it supports bifurcation, TDP really wants United AndhraPradesh, while YSRCP parrots United Andhra, the YSRCP having lost all base in Telangana really wants a separate state to even survive.

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  • Ni2

    Kasmir is an integral part of India and the GOI should resist any effort to make the dispute international.

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  • pankaj#1

    Should I have gone to Zia ul Haq’s blog? No already many people are there and it is a crowd. So, Vinod, are you ready to bend a bit your thinking about Pakistan?? Again, I am saying, I am not communalist, just a rational person. India feels it is stronger than Pakistan?? Give the proof. Realpolitic does not work on assumptions. Delusions. It is only when Pakistan will realize that it will harm itself by making India an enemy, it will speak sense. In real life things work exactly same. Chimera of China as all weather friend is after all a chimera.

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  • Bystander

    Care to elaborate please ?
    Care to elaborate on what exactly is the conflict.
    Don’t bring in Kashmir. Despite all its issues – Kashmir is not a Indo-Pak problem.

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  • pankaj#1

    As I am in USA, could see kanpur speech of Modi, now.
    Can somebody or anybody compare him with Rahul?? if yes, then, shame on you.
    what a mesmarizing speech. Got a goosepimple effect.
    Now, Congress ke Chaatukaron se kaho, ki sharm se doob marain.

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    Ni2 Reply:

    Every German in the 1930s got goose pimples when they heard Hitler Speak. Hitler was a much better orator than Modi can ever dream of being.

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    pankaj#1 Reply:

    Neetu,
    You are not a congress chatukar?? Or are you??
    I am comparing Rahul with Modi. where does Hitler come in. BTW, have you heard Hitler’s speech? I have not. But I am hearing Modi speaking. And they are even better than that of Bajpayee. I csan not understand that whenever Modi is mentined, people start talking of Hitler. is there a relatinship between these two or it is in your febrile imagination only.

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  • pankaj#1

    I can go to dozens of sites/ blogs.
    Very angry with situation. But still in control. will not use abusive language.
    This BB, Nitish, did not take any action, when Bhatkal was caught in Bihar- Nepal border and with lots of IM modules in Bihar.
    Are not these people worse than ISI???

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  • pankaj#1

    Why I come to this site? Because, it is here that I started writing as a blogger. I have no political stakes. I am not even, Indian. But, what I see here that Loads of – Nalayaks- posing as secularists and blah, blah and blah. These are real Mir kasim and Jaychands.. My wet dream is to meet Diggy and reduce him to pulp.

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  • pankaj#1

    Ni2;
    It is civility, which is hall mark of good upbringing. We are just exchanging views. Nothing personal here.

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  • Pinde Thind

    Separation at birth was a God given boon to the Indians. They wanted out and they are. Over the seventy years they have practically eliminated minorities, first Sikhs and Hindus were targeted, forced into Islam, or forced out of the country. Now the Christians are bearing the brunt, the world is watching, most comments I hear “what do you expect from the Pakis?”. Fear of the religion and the fervor, remember Zia, he used to use “korray” leather whip to whip the people that would forget the call to prayer. They shunned the Qadianis’, Ismaili’s and other minorities that believe in Islam but do not fall under Sunni or Shia brand of Islam. I used to hear a program in Houston that would target the ‘Qadianis’ as kafirs, one such person, I knew, was a drunkard and a divorcee that abandoned his children. When I asked him if he does not pray five times and consume alcohol, why go after the innocent Qadianis’ that escaped from Pakistan and would like to live in peace. Yeah but they are not Muslims. Personally the ‘batwara’ that showed mankind in its worst behavior, was an opportunity that India took advantage of and the Pakistanis’ did not. They had one language that all loved, they had one religion and they believed in equality, while in India we surmounted the language barriers, caste barriers and on top of all that religious and poverty barriers. It gave Indians every reason to come together and make the nation strong, why spoil it now by bringing them back into the fold?

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  • radhakrishna

    join up and naidu and congress down but when chiranjeevi entered into congress party has gone very up with 70lakhs voting power and huge following chiranjeevi joined congressparty it helped it

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