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Nawaz Sharif overrules hawks in Pakistan, to attend Narendra Modi's swearing-in

Sunday, 25 May 2014 - 6:15am IST | Place: Srinagar | Agency: DNA

Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has accepted an invitation to attend the oath-taking ceremony of prime minister elect Narendra Modi.

Sharif's crucial decision has raised many eyebrows within Pakistan and criticism started flowing in from hardliners, prominently by Lashkar-e-Toiba founder Hafiz Saeed.
However, pro-freedom leadership in Jammu and Kashmir are taking a 'wait and watch' approach, stating that no 'significant political development' can be expected from an oath-taking ceremony. What remains to be seen is whether the Pakistan High Commission would extend an invitation to the pro- freedom leaders for meeting Sharif as is the tradition since mid 90s whenever a Pakistani dignitary visits New Delhi.

But whenever the two countries have come closer, vested interests have fuelled turmoil and orchestrated sabotage to disrupt the talks between the two countries.

When two Indian soldiers were beheaded in the Mendhar sector of Line of Control (LoC) in January last year, the first thing India did was to suspend the composite dialogue with Pakistan to send a clear message that talks and aggression cannot go hand-in-hand.

Talks on water, which were slated to be held in late January 2013, became the first casualty. Eight months later, when fresh diplomatic efforts were made to restart the dialogue process came another cross- border raid by Pakistani army's Border Action Team (BAT), killing five Indian soldiers in the Chakan da Bagh sector.

"Primarily, there is problem within Pakistan polity. For instance, when the Modi invite reached Nawaz Sharif, there was an attack on Indian consulate in Herath, Afghanistan. Pakistani military doctrine says India is enemy number one", said MM Khajooria, former director-general of the Jammu and Kashmir police.

Pakistan military and intelligence agencies have been treating Kashmir as its laboratory to pin down its political executive when it comes to hard decisions. Militants have always come in handy for the Pakistani military establishment to settle scores with its politicians using Kashmir as a centrepiece.

And that was proved when the LoC peace bus rolled in April 2005. Hours before the bus was to roll from Srinagar, two militants stormed into the Tourist Reception Center where 24 passengers were stationed. In the ensuing gunfight two ultras were killed and 13 people were injured. The TRC complex was completely gutted in the gunfight. However, all 24 passengers were safely evacuated by security forces to a hotel on the banks of Dal lake.

"Whenever the two countries come closer to each other, vested interests fuel turmoil and orchestrate sabotage to disrupt talks," said Mustafa Kamal, additional general secretary of National Conference.

Kashmir has been always the victim of the hostilities between the two countries. When hopes of reconciliation started rekindling, Lashkar-e-Toiba militants carried out an attack in Mumbai, killing 166 people. The attack came hours after the foreign ministers of the two countries met on November 26, 2008.

Even when Nawaz Sharif was rolling out red carpet for A B Vajpayee in Lahore, his army chief Pervez Musharaf was preparing for Kargil war.

Not only did the Pakistani establishment spike the Indo-Pak peace moves they have also tried to sabotage the visit of foreign dignitaries in India.

"Thirty four Sikhs were killed in Chattisinghpora village of Anantnag district on March, 20 2000 when then US president Bill Clinton was to set foot on Indian soil", said Jagmohan Singh Raina, president of All Parties Sikh Coordination Committee (APSCC), an apex body of the 80,000 Sikhs living in the valley.




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