Pakistan, it appears, is getting in a mood for a confrontation with India. On the one hand Islamabad says that it wants to talk about Kashmir with India. On the other hand the Nawaz Sharif government constitutes a 22-member parliamentarian team to “fight the Kashmir cause” around the world.
Reports say that the Pakistani PM has formed a team for the sole purpose of raking up the Kashmir issue on a global platform.
“I have decided to send these parliamentarians for fighting the Kashmir cause in different parts of the world. These special envoys have strength of the people of Pakistan, prayers from the Kashmiri people across the Line of Control, mandate of the Parliament and support from the government”, Sharif was quoted as saying by Pakistani news outlets.
Nawaz said that Pakistan cannot relent from the Kashmir cause “by any stretch of imagination”.
The 22 parliamentarians will be visiting 11 countries and two UN offices. The countries are: Russia, China, US, UK, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, France, Belgium and China.
Ever since the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist Burhan Wani in Kashmir, Pakistan has been trying to ratchet up the Kashmir issue at the international level. J&K Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, following her meeting with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, accused Pakistan of creating tensions in India by instigating the youth of J&K.
Pakistan had a few weeks ago invited India to talk on the Kashmir issue, but New Delhi rejected it on the grounds that Kashmir is India’s internal matter while stating that talks can be held on cross-border terrorism.
Despite the world pointing at Pakistan’s support to terrorist organisations and the safe havens it provides to terrorists on its soil, Islamabad has constantly been trying to draw international attention to Kashmir claiming human rights abuses. On Friday, Pakistani foreign minister Sartaj Aziz met ambassadors of the US, UK, France, Russia and China apart from the European Union envoy to talk on Kashmir.
However, the international community has not taken note of Islamabad’s accusations. Only the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) – the world’s largest Muslim bloc of 57 predominantly Muslim countries – has supported Pakistan for obvious reasons. At the same time, India – for the first time ever – adopted a sharp foreign policy approach with Prime Minister Narendra Modi announcing in his Independence Day address to the nation that New Delhi will expose Pakistan’s brutalities in Balochistan and Gilgit-Baltistan if Islamabad does not stop its meddling in Kashmir. Following the PM’s open support to the Balochistan cause, prominent Baloch leaders thanked India for raising their plight. Pakistan has been killing the people of Balochistan systematically using the military. Balochi nationalists accuse Pakistan of using aerial bombardment, gases and rape of women to suppress the people of Balochistan.