In ‘Kaoboys of R&AW’, the monumental book on India’s external intelligence agency R&AW, B. Raman warned that “misplaced generosity should have no place in our relations with Pakistan”. Tonight, Pakistan suspended the peace process with India and proved Raman right once more.
This brings curtains down on a praiseworthy diplomatic effort initiated by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi last year.
Modi had set an unprecedented example in India’s relations with Pakistan by letting a special investigative team from our neighbouring country inside the Pathankot air base to investigate the January 2 terror attack. Unexpectedly, Islamabad claimed that the attack was “staged
” by India.
In his statement, Pakistani High Commissioner to India Abdul Basit blamed New Delhi for the breakdown of the peace process.
His argument that the peace process is futile included a reference to Kulbhushan Yadav, the arrested retired Indian Navy officer
falsely accused by Pakistan of being an R&AW operative.
Subscribing to the usual Pakistani rhetoric, Basit blamed India for creating tensions in his country.
But the most important reason, he stated, was the Kashmir issue.
Pakistan has always been raking up the age-old Kashmir issue to thwart diplomatic efforts always initiated by India despite the fact that it is Islamabad which is sponsoring terrorist activity on Indian soil.
When Modi invited the Pak SIT team to Pathankot, many had criticised it citing Pakistan’s chameleon like attitude towards any peace process.