ISLAMABAD: Quite a lot of influential countries has began frantic efforts geared toward persuading Pakistan and India to open some channel of communications amid distressing indicators that the 2 nuclear-armed neighbours could also be on the trail to a severe battle.
Diplomatic sources with the information of behind-the-scenes efforts instructed the Specific Tribune that the US and different highly effective countries are in contact with Islamabad and New Delhi with the only real function of defusing the brewing tensions triggered by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s resolution on August 5 to illegally annex the disputed territory of Jammu and Kashmir.
However in contrast to the previous, this time Pakistan has put ahead sure preconditions earlier than coming into into any engagements with India, stated the sources.
These preconditions embrace speedy lifting of curfew and launch of all Kashmiri political leaders within the occupied territory.
Prime Minister Imran Khan in his current article revealed within the New York Occasions additionally alluded to the willingness of Pakistan participating with India however solely after Modi’s authorities would reverse what he calls the unlawful annexation of Kashmir.
International Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi instructed reporters in Multan on Sunday that Pakistan had by no means shied away from bilateral dialogue with India.
Nonetheless, he added that the present circumstances weren’t favorable for any negotiations. Qureshi reiterated the prime minister’s stance that now India needed to meet sure circumstances earlier than any engagement.
Quite the opposite, the sources claimed that India, which for thus lengthy continued to rebuff Pakistan’s peace overtures, is now prepared to open a channel of communications.
New Delhi can be asking Pakistan, via worldwide interlocutors, to evaluation its resolution of downgrading diplomatic ties and suspending bilateral commerce.
A senior authorities official stated Pakistan would neither enter into any talks with India nor evaluation a few of the choices taken after August 5 beneath the present state of affairs.
The official, who spoke on the situation of anonymity, added that New Delhi gave the impression to be “enjoying sensible right here”.
“By telling the worldwide interlocutors of its readiness for normalising ties with Pakistan, India desires us and the remainder of the world to just accept the brand new regular it’s making an attempt to determine in [occupied] Kashmir,” the official defined.
In opposition to this backdrop, the official stated now the federal government has adopted a transparent stance that no talks may happen with India till the circumstances return to pre-August 5 state of affairs or near it.
The worldwide gamers usually are not solely pushing for talks but additionally making an attempt to persuade Prime Minister Imran to cease attacking Narendra Modi.
Nonetheless, Imran, based on the sources, refused to again down from his strategy till Modi’s authorities is persuaded to vary its “reckless” policies.
However regardless of getting a lukewarm response from Islamabad, the worldwide gamers haven’t given up their efforts.
They’re nonetheless pushing the 2 sides to decrease the rhetoric and pinning hopes that “higher sense” prevails, enabling the 2 sides to begin considering for some type of engagement.
However Pakistan’s evaluation has painted grim prospects within the foreseeable future.
Additionally, policymakers really feel that the federal government must sustain the “warmth” on India — a minimum of until the UN Basic Meeting session.
There’s a sense in Islamabad that regardless of muted response by some international locations to Modi’s Kashmir transfer, India is coming beneath elevated world stress with stories of humanitarian crises unfolding within the valley.
The officers stated opposite to the Indian authorities claims that “all is properly” in occupied Kashmir, the stories of elevated human rights violation are slowly getting traction throughout the globe.
The newest instance, based on the officers, is the robust assertion got here from US Democratic Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, who referred to as the Indian actions in occupied Kashmir as unacceptable and extra importantly urged for the UN-backed peaceable resolution to the longstanding Kashmir dispute.
“Pakistan would definitely prefer to capitalise on this momentum as an alternative of giving secure passage to India by accepting any talks provide at this stage,” stated a International Workplace official.