Friendly Neighbourhood: A Great Expectation?
It seems that the relation between India and Pakistan shall remain the same in future, as it has been in the last seven decades. After playing an active role in establishing a Taliban-led Government in Afghanistan, Pakistan is now trying to corner India at the Global Stage. During a Media Conference in Islamabad, Foreign Minister of Pakistan Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Hussain Qureshi and National Security Adviser Moeed W Yusuf recently released a 131-page anti-India dossier.
As expected, the dossier contains (Pakistan’s) allegations of Human Rights violations by India in Kashmir. Interestingly, Islamabad has also claimed that India and the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) maintain close ties! In a rare first, Pakistan has made such a claim. According to the dossier, India trains the ISIS terrorists in five places, apart from helping the terror outfit in various ways.
Meanwhile, the Indian Ministry of External Affairs has issued a statement, saying that Pakistan would not be able to prove such false allegations. The Indian Ministry has further said that it is a calculated move by Pakistan, as it made the allegations against India immediately after New Delhi launched a warning campaign about the Pakistan-based Haqqani Network in Kabul, and a branch of the ISIS carried out terror attacks at Kabul airport. As the US and Russia, too, consider the ISIS (and the al-Qaeda) as their main enemy, Pakistan, seemingly, is trying to create mistrust between India and Russia by associating India with the militant group, based in Iraq and Syria, and former unrecognised proto-state that follows a Salafi Jihadist Doctrine.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Pakistani counterpart Imran Ahmed Khan Niazi are scheduled to address the UN General Assembly (UNGA) in New York in the last week of September 2021. Foreign Relation Experts are of the opinion that there is a strong possibility of a fierce war of words between the two sides in New York. According to sources close to the Indian Ministry of External Affairs, Pakistan could be vocal in identifying countries, linked with ISIS, at the UNGA. Some other countries, including China and Russia, could join the chorus. Ahead of the 76th Session of the UNGA that opened on September 14, Pakistan released the dossier in an attempt to involve India in this particular issue. Pakistan has also decided to send copies of the dossier to different countries.
It may be noted that Pakistan blamed India for killing of six Chinese nationals in a bomb blast in Gwadar city of Balochistan on August 19, 2021. Similarly, India was blamed after 13 people, including nine Chinese engineers, were killed in an explosion near the Dasu Dam in Pakistan in mid-July. Although China claimed that it was a deliberate bombing, the Pakistani officials blamed a mechanical failure, initially. The Dasu Hydropower Project is part of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), a USD 65 billion (EUR 47 billion) investment plan that includes a network of roads, railway and pipelines between the two countries. So far, Islamabad has failed to prove New Delhi’s alleged involvement in these cases.
As Pakistan’s main intention is to make the Sino-Indian ties even more bitter, Islamabad has released such a dossier to ensure that Beijing is also active in raising anti-India sentiment at the UNGA. The Government of Pakistan and the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) – the premier intelligence agency of Pakistan, operationally responsible for gathering, processing, and analysing information relevant for national security from around the world – are desperately trying to divert the attention from the Pakistan-backed terrorist links with the Taliban and to weaken India at the Global Stage.
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