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Full of sound and fury: Why Islamabad’s histrionics on Kashmir have barely stirred the global community


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India’s move to effect legislative and constitutional changes to mainstream the part of Jammu & Kashmir state it administers has driven Pakistan stir crazy on grounds that New Delhi is changing status quo of a disputed territory. This is something Islamabad itself has done periodically, including ceding parts under its occupation to a third party, China. Islamabad’s histrionics have barely stirred the global community beyond expressing hopes that it will not exacerbate the matter.

Even its all-weather patron China and the Muslim ummah it lives off have counselled restraint. The United States, despite being constrained by needing Pakistan for its drawdown in Afghanistan, has implicitly backed India’s right to ring in internal changes that came sans external aggression. Russia has been more explicit in its support, validating changes “carried out within the framework of the Constitution of the Republic of India”.

Utterly parlous and barely able to govern itself amid multiple insurgencies on its western borders, Pakistan makes a poor case for Kashmir, particularly given its gratuitous use of terrorism that has affected not just India but the entire region, indeed the entire world. No one has forgotten where Osama bin Laden was finally found.

Illustration: Ajit Ninan

Most Western strategists and scholars now understand this, although sections of Western media still need to be disabused of the cliches that pervade their commentary on the issue. Among the more repugnant headlines in recent days was one in the New York Times that spoke of ‘Hindu-led India puts clamp on Muslim Kashmir’. Even allowing for exigencies of headline writing, it gratuitously overlooked the fact that Jammu & Kashmir is a composite entity with a syncretic tradition, as is India as a nation.

India on its part needs to tamp down on any triumphalism, come out of self-congratulatory mode, and urgently send out delegations – all party parliamentary and civil society teams, not raging nationalists or Hindutva hotheads – to make its case calmly and logically. To acknowledge that there is disaffection in Kashmir Valley (and not beyond), and that what is happening, temporary curtailment of civil liberties notwithstanding, is part of a ceaseless effort to forge a more equitable Union.

Most of the world is run by dictators, and they care two hoots for basic civil rights. Even the USA under Trump does not care that some people are being oppressed.


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The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) on Friday held a rare closed-door consultation on the situation in Kashmir days after India revoked the special status to Jammu and Kashmir, sparking a fresh row with Pakistan.

The Informal consultative session of the United Nations Security Council held on the Kashmir issue ended after lasting for 73 minutes, the sources said.

The world body had called the closed-door consultations on Kashmir at the behest of China after it asked for an informal meeting responding to a letter written by Pakistan.

However, minutes ahead of the meeting, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan telephoned US President Donald Trump seeking his intervention and support in the mater.

According to the Zee Media sources, the telephonic conversation between the two leaders lasted for about 12 minutes.

The closed-door meeting began around 7:30 PM and it is being attended by the UNSC members.

The proceedings and outcome of the meeting will not be broadcast or accessible to the public.
Importantly, India and Pakistan do not have any representation in the proceedings.

Meanwhile, it has also come to light that only China has "openly favoured" Pakistan at the UNSC on the Kashmir issue.

Apart from China, other four permanent members of the UNSC - France, Russia, United Kingdom and the United States - have backed New Delhi's position that disputes between India and Pakistan are bilateral matters.

The US has further said that developments in Kashmir are India's ''internal matter.''
India has categorically told the international community that its move to scrap Article 370 of the Constitution removing the special status to Jammu and Kashmir was an internal matter and has also advised Pakistan to accept the reality.



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Pakistan was well aware of the out come of the UNSC meeting which is quite evident from the Statement of its foreign minister. It was only an attempt by their government to show some thing to its own people that their government is taking some hard steps. With the present status India enjoying with international community, it is difficult for them to harm Indian interests.


In my response to another post "Gosh, Govt trapped .." I had provided a link - an article by (retd) Col. Athale.

I hope that the Govt. will not indulge in chest thumping but will act positively - there is a good market for Kashmiri carpets, shawls and many other handicrafts - the Govt can open channels for export of these items so that the people in the state are benefited. Because of the continuing militancy it will take some time for tourism to really pick up but even this can be promoted gradually.

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