With the Belt and Road summit set for May 14-15, Chinese officials have increased their lobbying, through public diplomacy and behind closed doors, to get New Delhi to attend.
In a joint statement, Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin said Pakistan’s proposal amounts to changing Kashmir’s disputed nature.
When states fight over territory and governments bicker over geography, lives are lost, children are separated from their parents and people get split into different countries. Call it collateral damage.
Lieutenant General Qamar Javed Bajwa had once pointed out that the bigger threat was from militants, not India, but that view may not necessary hold.
After objections by the Indian representative, the Green Climate Fund has kept on hold a project to reduce the risk of glacial lake outburst floods in northern Pakistan
Fed up with the decades-old rift on bloody sectarian lines, Shias and Sunni are taking steps towards sectarian harmony.
If India is to make headway in Kashmir, the Modi government’s new diplomatic strategy must be accompanied by bold measures to resolve the internal dimension as well.
At the end of the day, Modi has to ensure that the options he exercises – particularly the military ones – do not leave the country worse off than before in terms of casualties and costs.
“India feels isolated in the region after the CPEC as part of greater One-Belt One-Road (OBOR) was launched,” Gilgit-Baltistan chief minister Hafizur Rehman said.
“They made an offer, we have responded to the offer. It is up to them to carry it forward”, says India as Pakistan insists its invitation for “dialogue on Kashmir (was) in in view of the gross human rights violations there.”
Raising Pakistan Occupied Kashmir and Gilgit Baltistan is justified, given India’s strategic interests, but by talking about Balochistan, Modi has entered a territory fraught with complications.
India must look at talks as a means of enabling sustained diplomacy, rather than as a bargaining chip or form of penalty — whose denial will somehow become a pressure-point on Islamabad
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The idea that India can afford to ignore Pakistan is based on the wrong assumption that its economy and regional clout are declining.
One day after India condemned Pakistan for its “forcible and illegal occupation” of Gilgit Baltistan, General Raheel Sharif has leapt into the ongoing verbal duel between the two countries.
From the outset, India was less than categorical about its desire to resume control of the Gilgit-Baltistan area. The decision in the past five years to speak out about the region marks a clear shift in strategy.