FB   
 
Powered bysps
        Society for Policy Studies
 
 

 
Violation of diplomatic norms
Posted:May 18, 2017
 
Print
Share
  
increase Font size decrease Font size
 
It would appear that with every passing day diplomatic relations between Islamabad and Kabul are ever more firmly trapped in a downward spiral. The recent visits by senior political and military officials to Kabul resulted in nothing but further mistrust. Then the Chaman skirmish happened, leading to accusations and conflicting claims being hurled by both sides regarding the number of casualties — with flag meetings yielding no progress. Now it would appear that another red line of diplomatic norms has been crossed with the ill treatment of Pakistani embassy staff stationed in Kabul. 
 
The kidnapping and torture of two embassy staffers — who included a visa assistant — by National Directorate of Security (NDS) agents is a very unfortunate breach of human rights. Moreover, such actions violate the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, 1961. When one state sends its officials to another, local officials are bound to treat them with respect, dignity and above all, diplomatic consideration. But it was not so, in this case.
 
In the past, diplomatic officials were confined to the Pakistani embassy in Kabul due to violent protests, which allowed for speculation that elements of the Afghan state had given at least tacit support. Such events leave a particularly bad taste in the mouth for Islamabad, given that it is widely perceived in Pakistan that the NDS and the Indian spy agency RAW collaborate regularly to ‘contain’ Pakistan.
 
Pakistan has been already making efforts to improve relations with Afghanistan, by extending the hand of friendship through official and track-II initiatives, and also by playing a role in the Afghan peace process with the backing of Beijing, Moscow and Ankara. Such efforts need to be redoubled from Islamabad, but even more importantly, Kabul will also have to meet its neighbour halfway. Sullen hostility will not help any of the sides.
 
The region is already at the crossroads of major economic development especially with the One Belt One Road (OBOR) project rapidly materialising. It would be helpful if the administration in Kabul were to fashion foreign policy goals which are conducive to regional economic and cultural synergy, rather than conflict. In fact, all countries of the region would benefit from keeping this priority paramount.  *
 
Daily Times, May 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 Thailand will be the coordinating country for India within ASEAN from July. In an exclusive interview with INDIA REVIEW & ANALYSIS, the fortnightly journal of the Society for Policy Studies (SPS),  Thailand’s Ambassador to India, Chutintorn Gongsakdi, gave a comprehensive view of bilateral relations and
 
read-more
The struggle for autonomy has been going on within the Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) from their inception, writes P.D. Rai
 
read-more
As India and the 10-nation ASEAN bloc culminate the commemoration of 25 years of their dialogue partnership with a summit in New Delhi January 25 that all the leaders will attend, India is laying out the crimson carpet to ensure that the first ever Republic Day celebrations at which 10 ASEAN leaders will be Chief Guests, jointly, is a
 
read-more
While warning about the risk of “potential nuclear catastrophe on the Korean Peninsula”, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has said that a “window of opportunity” was still open to avoid war over Pyongyang's nuclear weapons programme.
 
read-more
Launching the countries’ first joint scientific collaboration at the North Indian Ocean along the Makran Trench on Sunday, Chinese and Pakistani researchers started an ocean-bottom seismograph (OBS) for the first time using Shi Yan 3, a scientific research vessel from the South China Sea Institute of Oceanology at the Chinese Aca
 
read-more
“We have a very solid commitment to climate action,” he said. “We cannot be defeated by climate change and we are not yet winning this battle” and the biggest victims of climate change are the developing countries that are members of the Group of 77 (G77).
 
read-more
In a bid to promote trilateral innovation and business opportunities between the US, India, and Israel, Israel-India Technology Group has launched a trilateral fund of $50 million. "We ar...
 
read-more
Column-image

The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has for the first time claimed responsibility for the assassination of former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto in a new book in written by Taliban leader Abu Mansoor Asim Mufti Noor Wali.

 
Column-image

Title: Salafi-Jihadism -The History of an Idea; Author: Shiraz Maher; Publisher: Penguin Random House UK: Pages: 292; Price: Rs 499

 
Column-image

A Review of Anatomy of Failure by Harlan K. Ullman (Naval Institute Press, 242 pages)

 
Column-image

Title: The Beckoning Isle; Author: Abhay Narayan Sapru; Publisher: Wisdom Tree; Pages: 157; Price: Rs 245

 
Column-image

Title: India Now And In Transition; Editor: Atul Thakur ; Publisher: Niyogi Books: Pages: 448; Price: Rs 599