NEW YORK: Warning that the Kashmir disaster may worsen, Pakistan’s Ambassador to america Asad Majeed Khan has raised the likelihood that Islamabad may redeploy troops from the Afghanistan border to the Kashmir frontier, a shift that would complicate American peace talks with the Taliban, now mentioned to be within the last levels.
In an interview with The New York Occasions editorial board on Monday, Khan emphasised that the Kashmir and Afghanistan points have been separate and that he was not trying to hyperlink them.
Quite the opposite, he mentioned, Pakistan hoped the American talks with the Taliban would succeed and that his nation was actively supporting them.
“We’re doing all that we will and can proceed to take action,” Ambassador Khan mentioned. “It’s not an either-or state of affairs.”
Nonetheless, the Pakistani envoy mentioned that India’s crackdown on occupied Kashmir because it annexed the disputed state “couldn’t have come at a worse time for us.”
On this regard, NYT defined that Pakistan has sought to strengthen army management alongside the western border with Afghanistan, an space lengthy infiltrated by Taliban militants, as a part of the hassle to assist finish the Afghanistan battle by denying the group a protected haven.
“Now we have our palms full on the western border,” Ambassador Khan mentioned, including, “If the state of affairs escalates on the japanese border, we must undertake redeployments.”
“Proper now in Islamabad, we’re not fascinated with something however what is occurring on our japanese border.”
Concerning the response in India to New Delhi’s unlawful IoK transfer, Khan mentioned, “Pakistan as a punching bag sells in India.”
There was little communication between the 2 nations over the previous week, the ambassador mentioned, and the disaster “sadly, I believe, goes to worsen.”
However he declined to specify what such a worsening would seem like.
“We’re two huge nations, with very giant militaries, with nuclear functionality and a historical past of battle, so I might not wish to burden your creativeness on that one,” he mentioned. “However clearly if issues worsen, issues worsen.”
‘Slap within the face for US’
In an article revealed in The Washington Submit on Tuesday, Ambassador Khan mentioned India’s revocation of Kashmir’s particular standing is a slap within the face of a renewed American dedication to resolve the Kashmir dispute.
Referring to President Donald Trump’s current affords to mediate the Indo-Pakistan dispute, the ambassador mentioned India’s unilateral motion in Kashmir makes “plain to the world the depth of India’s smug indifference to the area’s peace and stability.”
“Up to now, diplomatic assist from our allies helped decrease tensions. That is why it’s extra pressing than ever for america to do what it might to stop India from precipitating one other disaster,” wrote Ambassador Khan.
“An extended and painstaking US-led reconciliation effort, which has been supported by Pakistan, has introduced peace inside our grasp in Afghanistan.”
The Pakistani envoy additional wrote, “The time is now for america to make good on Trump’s provide of mediation – not for Pakistan’s sake or for India’s sake, however for the sake of the one individuals who haven’t been heard since India gagged them every week in the past: the folks of Kashmir themselves …”
“The territorial dispute of Jammu and Kashmir – one of many oldest on the United Nations’ agenda – is the legacy of the top, in 1947, of British rule within the Indian subcontinent. The folks of Kashmir have now been ready for 72 years to train their proper to resolve their future, which was promised to them, repeatedly, by India.”
Khan wrote that Narendra Modi’s authorities’s choice to scrap Article 370 “exhibits that India is now not keen to pay even lip service to its worldwide obligations.”
“It’s the logical fruits of the reign of terror unleashed by India on Kashmiris that started in 1947 and continues to at the present time, however which has assumed an much more virulent type since 2016.”
“It’s the folks of Kashmir who’re struggling whereas leaders and supporters of India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Social gathering have cheered as their authorities has shut down web providers, electrical energy and phone traces in Kashmir, and arrested lots of of Kashmiri leaders.”
He mentioned August 5 “sounded the ultimate loss of life knell for India’s more and more tenuous claims to be a secular democracy.”
“In truth, the right-wing BJP’s challenge to remake India (not simply occupied Kashmir) is neither secular nor democratic. As a substitute, the BJP envisions a future through which India’s long-suffering Muslims, Christians, lower-caste Hindus and different non secular minorities and tribes are formally relegated to the standing of unpersons.”
Khan additionally addressed New Delhi’s claims in opposition to Islamabad and mentioned “India will [this time] not have the ability to trot out the acquainted boogeymen of ‘cross-border terrorism’ and ‘Pakistan’ to attract consideration away from the ugly actuality of its occupation and oppression in Kashmir.”
The ambassador criticised the BJP’s “rash and irresponsible actions” which he mentioned “have additionally put South Asia on the point of battle for the second time in lower than six months.”
“Prime Minister [Imran] Khan, who has made repeated affords of dialogue to India since assuming workplace final yr, just lately warned the worldwide neighborhood of catastrophic penalties ought to India’s newest act of recklessness result in battle. This, he careworn, is the fact of any battle between the 2 nations which are armed with the weapons that each India and Pakistan possess.”