Nabeel Zafar describes a growing alienation of India provoking Pakistan
It is widely acknowledged that India provoking Pakistan is to isolate itself internationally and the tricks employed by it are manifold including initiating efforts to put Pakistan in the grey list of FATF. The latest in the series of such efforts is India’s plans to convene meetings linked with G20 in India-occupied Jammu and Kashmir. Pakistan is naturally concerned about India’s aggressive maneuvering and has warned that it condemns these activities and would oppose them on every front. Pakistan treats holding of any international event held in the disputed J& K against the norms of widely accepted international norms and emphasises that India should refrain from taking actions going against them.
It was therefore quite natural that Pakistan expressed strong indignation at New Delhi’s decision to hold the G20 Tourism Working Group meeting in Srinagar on 22-24 May. The scheduling of two other meetings of a consultative forum on youth affairs (Y20) in Leh and Srinagar in occupied Kashmir was termed by Pakistan as equally disconcerting. It emphasised that India’s irresponsible move is the latest in a series of self-serving measures to perpetuate its illegal occupation of Jammu and Kashmir in sheer disregard of the UN Security Council resolutions and in violation of the principles of the UN Charter and international law.
The aggressive measures of India have increased since it assumed the year-long presidency of the G20 in December last year. The G20 is an intergovernmental forum of the world’s 20 major developed and developing economies, making it the premier forum for international economic cooperation. Even prior to assuming the presidency Narendra Modi had started to get more aggressive and this attitude was attributed to his longevity in office that has given him the confidence to govern almost unopposed as the country’s opposition is in tatters. It was in this mood that he stunned Russian President Vladimir Putin at a regional conference in September when he told him that now was not a time for war.
This remark was widely interpreted as a mild rebuke of what Russia calls its special military operation in Ukraine and coming from Modi it was quite surprising as India stood by Russia when it was internationally rebuked for the war in Ukraine. Modi’s confidence rose to new heights after assuming the presidency of G-20 as he stressed that India would aim to depoliticise the global supply of food, fertilisers and medical products so that geo-political tensions do not lead to global disruptions. This stance is diametrically opposite the policy of Russia that wants to derive advantage out of using food as a weapon of war.
India released a full calendar of events leading up to the summit, which included G20 and Youth 20 meetings in occupied Kashmir’s Srinagar and in Leh, in the neighbouring region of Ladakh, in April and May. India, had, as part of its preparations for next year’s event, sought proposals from all states and union territories, including occupied Jammu and Kashmir, for venues for hosting of G-20 meetings. This communication created a stir because if India-held Jammu and Kashmir were to be picked as one of the venues then it would be the first time that the disputed region would be hosting an international event since Delhi revoked its autonomous status in 2019.
India has made this move despite strong opposition from Pakistan since the last one and a half years. It was reported earlier that that this would be the first major international conference to be held in occupied Kashmir after the Indian government revoked its special status guaranteed under Article 370 of the Indian Constitution. Pakistan had also strongly urged the international community to call upon India to end its gross and systematic violations of human rights in IOJK, revoke its illegal and unilateral actions and free all political prisoners including the true Kashmiri leaders. It has repeatedly accused India of widespread atrocities and egregious human rights violations that have killed 639 innocent Kashmiris in extra-judicial murders. Pakistan pointed out that holding of any G20-related meeting/event in occupied Kashmir was in utter disregard of the globally acknowledged disputed status of the territory and was a travesty that the international community could not accept under any circumstances. Modi regime is bent upon harming Pakistan in any way possible and it plans that utilising occupied J&K as an international platform would grant it strength in the eyes of his party and its supporters while antagonizing Pakistan. It also wants to test the global opinion about its occupation of J&K and would lobby it through hosting the G-20 countries portraying that it is doing something good for the region that has already suffered a lot due to Indo-Pak rivalry. Modi regime expects that its maneuvers will further isolate and antagonise Pakistan. TW
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