Pakistan has categorically stated that unless the Kashmir issue is resolved, there won’t be any peace in Afghanistan or anywhere in India.
According to reports, Pakistan Prime Minister’s special envoy on Kashmir Mushahid Hussain Syed told the United States Kashmir and Afghanistan cannot be “compartmentalised”.
“Road to peace in Kabul lies in Kashmir in the sense that when you talk of peace, you cannot compartmentalise peace, you can’t segregate a section… ok you can have peace in Kabul and let Kashmir burn. That is not going to happen,” Hussain Syed said in blunt words. Syed is accompanied by Shezra Mansab, a member of the National Assembly of Pakistan, at an interaction at Washington-based think-tank Stimson Centre.
What exactly is the solution then, according to the Pakistani envoys? None, but Mansab hinted at a nuclear confrontation if the Kashmir issue was not resolved.
“Our core issue this time is Kashmir and no peace can prevail in the region, if this issue is not solved. It is an international dispute. It is not an internal problem. The stakes are very high now, we are nuclear neighbours so we need to have peace on the issue of Kashmir and then rest of the things can be solved,” Mansab said.
And again, the envoys parroted Nawaz Sharif’s accusations against India.
“The way to move forward is negotiations. We are ready to talk on any subject. It is India which says that it is willing to talk about only one subject. We are ready to talk on that subject as well as other subjects,” she said.
But they were duly silenced by Michael Krepon of the Stimson Centre who pointed out that Kashmir is far more peaceful than Syria.
“Why, when it is so hard for the US to my embarrassment to get involved in more helpful way in Syria, why should the US listen to the argument to be more involvement in Kashmir,” Krepon said. Reports say that the two Pakistani envoys could not explain.
The envoys defended terrorist Hafiz Saeed and Jaish-e-Mohammad saying that India will have to give evidence, with a veiled warning.
“Regarding Jaish-e-Mohammad thing, it takes two to tango. If India is now planning to host separatists from Pakistan who have also been involved in killing of people. And India is naming the province of Balochistan at the level of the Prime Minister. What would happen if Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif starts talking of Khalistan, Nagaland, Tripura, Assam, Sikkim or the Maoist insurgency… we do not want to do that because that is interference in the internal affairs of a neighboring country. You are changing the rules of the game. It becomes tit for tat,” he said.