FB   
 
Powered bysps
        Society for Policy Studies
 
 

 
Pressure mounts for a resolution
Posted:Apr 18, 2017
 
Print
Share
  
increase Font size decrease Font size
 
Given the events of recent weeks, there are not many that would lay money on the possibility of a meeting between Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi. The death sentence awarded to Kulbhushan Jadhav, appeared to be the final nail in the coffin with some in India calling for a severing of diplomatic ties with Pakistan. The conviction of Jadhav whether he was tried by a civilian or a military court was a foregone conclusion in view of the weight of evidence. He has made a detailed confessional statement that has not been refuted and was caught red-handed. The death sentence will have been no surprise either. Death for spying is a not uncommon sentence elsewhere in the world and no matter that this newspaper deplores any and all executions the law followed its course. Spying is akin to treason when it comes to the weight of sentencing. All of the foregoing will have been known to the Indians as it is to those in Pakistan that have a hand on the foreign affairs’ levers, and subtle pressures are building on both sides for a resolution to the Kashmir issue.
 
August is a little over three months away, and a 70th birthday. It is high time that Pakistan and India gave their people something to celebrate jointly rather than separately, and with a strengthening geopolitical breeze wafting through the region the time may be right to make moves — and the moves will need to be substantive and made by both sides — if not to formal resolution then to bilateral re-engagement.
 
One of the factors producing pressure is the membership by both countries of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO). The SCO is a powerful trading bloc of which India and Pakistan have a conditional membership. Their continued membership is dependent on both countries making a move towards a resolution in Kashmir. With Russia and China at the heart of the SCO and both having a close interest in matters Indo-Pak, the upcoming SCO summit in June in Astana, Kazakhstan, would be an opportunity to initiate contact at the highest level. India cannot stonewall the internationalisation of the Kashmir dispute indefinitely. An exchange of birthday gifts would be entirely appropriate.
 

Express Tribune, April 19, 2017

 
 
 
 
Print
Share
  
increase Font size decrease Font size
 

Disclaimer: South Asia Monitor does not accept responsibility for the views or ideology expressed in any article, signed or unsigned, which appears on its site. What it does accept is responsibility for giving it a chance to appear and enter the public discourse.
Comments (Total Comments 0) Post Comments Post Comment
Review
 
 
 
 
spotlight image Ties between India and Japan are probably at their best ever, Japanese Ambassador to India H.E. Kenji Hiramatsu told India Review & Analysis’ Nilova Roy Chaudhury, as he outlined how the two countries have moved closer. Ahead of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s visit
 
read-more
Vowing to stop “radical Islamic terrorism,” United States President Donald Trump warned September 19 of strong action against countries that support or finance organisations like the Taliban.
 
read-more
That regional cooperation in South Asia is lower than optimal levels is well accepted. It is usually ascribed to – the asymmetry in size between India and the rest, conflicts and historical political tensions, a trust deficit, limited transport connectivity, and onerous logistics, among many other factors.
 
read-more
Former Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Governor Raghuram Rajan said ‘In order to become a more developed country, India has to get people who owe taxes to actually pay them.’ This is one of the major objectives that Modi sought to achieve though demonetization and he has largely succeeded.
 
read-more
The two-day visit to Kashmir by a Congress team headed by Dr Manmohan Singh team has called for restoration  of the dialogue with the separatists to address the ongoing turmoil in the state.
 
read-more
The Communist Party of China (CPC) is expected to amend its constitution at the upcoming national congress.
 
read-more
Médecins Sans Frontiéres (MSF) or Doctors Without Borders has urged Myanmar to grant international humanitarian organisations unrestricted and independent access to the conflict-torn Rakhine state to enable provision of humanitarian assistance to the hundreds of thousands of internally displaced people.
 
read-more
In an unprecedented warning delivered at a world forum, United States President Donald Trump on September 19 threatened North Korea with total destruction if his country is forced to defend itself and its allies against the threats from Pyongyang.
 
read-more
It is a privilege to be invited to this most prestigious of law schools in the country, more so for someone not formally lettered in the discipline of law. I thank the Director and the faculty for this honour.
 
read-more
Column-image

Title: A Bonsai Tree; Author: Narendra Luther; Publisher: Niyogi Books; Pages: 227 Many books have been written on India's partition but here is a firsthand account of the horror by a migrant from what is now Pakistan, who ...

 
Column-image

As talk of war and violence -- all that Mahatma Gandhi stood against -- gains prominence across the world, a Gandhian scholar has urged that the teachings of the apostle of non-violence be taken to the classroom.

 
Column-image

Interview with Hudson Institute’s Aparna Pande, whose book From Chanakya to Modi: Evolution of India’s Foreign Policy, was released on June 17.

 
Column-image

This is the continuing amazing spiritual journey of a Muslim man from Kerala who plunged into Vedic religion after a chance encounter with a Hindu mystic under a jackfruit tree in the backyard of his house when he was just nine. It is a story w...

 
Column-image

History is told by the victors but in our modern age, even contemporary events get - or are given - a slant, where some contributors soon get eclipsed from the narrative or their images tarnished.

 
Subscribe to our newsletter
Archive