April 2017 News

India's No To US Mediation Proves Its Claim On Kashmir Is Weak, Says Pakistan

5 April 2017
India Today
Santosh Chaubey

Srinagar: Pakistan Foreign Office has said India's stand on the Kashmir issue has once again proved its 'weak' position, according to a Dunya News report. Nafees Zakaria, spokesperson of the Pakistan Foreign Office, said the behaviour of India was very disappointing. The weak position of India compelled it to quit Kashmir talks. 'Whenever the United States or any other global power asked to mediate the talks, India always backed away,' the report quoted him saying. He added that the favourite Pakistani rant of India sponsoring terrorism in Pakistan to it. Nikki Haley, the Indian-origin United States Ambassador to the United Nations, had created a storm by saying that the Donald Trump administration was concerned about tension between India and Pakistan and would not wait for something to happen. She said the USA might offer to mediate between India and Pakistan to 'de-escalate' tension even President Donald Trump might come forward to play an active role. India readily dismissed Nikki Haley's offer saying it was India's official position that the Kashmir issue could only be resolved through bilateral efforts and the ball was in Pakistan's court to resume the dialogue process. It has been India's demand, especially after the Pathankot airbase attack by Pakistan based Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terrorists in January 2016 that terror and talks cannot go together and to resume the dialogue, Pakistan should stop sponsoring terror in India. India's official response was brief and specific, 'Government's position for bilateral redressal of all India-Pakistan issues in an environment free of terror and violence hasn't changed. We of course expect international community and organisations to enforce international mechanisms and mandates concerning terrorism emanating from Pakistan, which continues to be the single biggest threat to peace and stability in our region and beyond'. Also, experts have dismissed Nikki Haley's offer saying it might not represent the official US position on the issue. Subsequent US administrations have kept the Indian sensitivity in mind and have desisted from offering direct mediation between India and Pakistan to resolve the Kashmir issue. In fact during his campaign days, Trump had indicated that he would seek Indian help to keep 'unstable Pakistan's nukes' in check. He had also said that Pakistan had double dealt the US, in spite of receiving huge aid. He reiterated his stand on Pakistan even after he won the US polls when he tweeted to slam Pakistan in December, 'Get it straight: Pakistan is not our friend.'

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